Natural World: Honey Badgers - Masters of Mayhem

Natural World: Honey Badgers - Masters of Mayhem

Series 33

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Review

It’s such a cute, cuddly sounding name. Yet honey badgers are ferocious little creatures that attack hyenas, eat venomous snakes and even scare off lions. They’re a whirlwind of teeth and claws reminiscent of the Looney Tunes character the Tasmanian Devil, while the Guinness Book of Records describes them as the most fearless animals in the world.

“They’re like a souped-up weasel,” says one frustrated South African farmer, who’s had livestock and domestic pets killed by the aggressive and remarkably intelligent honey badgers.

The night footage of these creatures creating mayhem in the kitchen of a game lodge – raiding the fridge, trashing the pantry and devouring the contents of the rubbish bins – is the sort of thing you’d see on Animals Do The Funniest Things. However, the stink they emit from their anal glands is apparently no laughing matter. Be thankful you don’t have to experience it.

Summary

Although barely a foot tall, the honey badger has a reputation as one of the most fearless animals in the world, attacking just about anything from venomous snakes to adult lions. This documentary follows a scientist, a beekeeper and a conservationist in South Africa as they set out to discover if the creature is really as fearsome as it is made out to be.

Cast & Crew

Director Steve Gooder
Series Editor Roger Webb
Nature