I’m going to be in a honey badger documentary in my unflattering safari pants and sun burnt arms. We have been catching a lot of these guys at a pig farm and released them into a private reserve. A film crew has been following us around for their documentary on honey badgers and I got to pull the door to release one of these little guys.
Honey badgers look super cute and cuddly but they’re actually quite intensely vicious. The one at Moholoholo, Stuffles, used to escape his cage and got into the male adult lion’s camp. The lion was found on top of his hut trying to get away from the honey badger. They have really loose skin so they can get away easily from large predators by wiggling out of their paws.
The second honey badger trap to be released had two honey badgers in it. One tried to attack the camera man.
Three of the honey badgers were released before mine. The others had their doors opened all the way. For mine I opened it up a little and we let the honey badger find his own way out. He flung the door as soon as I cracked it open a little and it flew up in the air, almost hitting me in the face. In the photo you can see the trap door about to hit the ground again.