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Honey Badger

(Latin = Mellivora capensis, Afrikaans = Ratel, Tswana = Magwegwe)

Appearance/Background

The Honey Badger is native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Their coats have a broad and course saddle of grey hair running from above the eyes to the base of their tail, which contrasts with their black underparts. They have a low slung body, with tiny ears and stout legs, and have massive claws. Their claws are an adaptation for digging and spending time underground, but are also formidable weapons. It is primarily terrestrial but can climb, especially when attracted by honey.

Diet

They are carnivores which feed on a variety of small animals, scorpions and mice. They also take larger items like springhares and snakes. They may scavenge small antelope kills from other carnivores. The extent to which they eat honey is unknown.

Breeding

Honey Badgers breed all year round, with females thought to have two young per litter.

Habitat

They have a wide habitat tolerance and are found in a wide variety of environmental conditions, except for extreme deserts and areas receiving more than 2000 mm of rain per year.

Hunting

You will need a couple of days to hunt a Honey Badger. The best time to hunt them is at night, when they are active and when they feed. Your best option is to lure them with bait. It is best to shoot it out of a blind. Shooting this little guy will not be too hard, because it is scared of nothing and will therefore not run away if it spots you. Your normal hunting rifle will do fine. You will however need a good soft point and it is a huge advantage to have an illuminated reticle and good quality scope.

References

www.wikipedia.org

www.krugerpark.co.za

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