Honey Badger

He don't care


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Mustelidae

Sub-Family: Mellivorinae

Genus: Mellivora

Species: M. Capensis

About the Honey Badger

The honey badger, otherwise known as ratel, is indigenous to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. Despite the honey badger's name, it is not related to badgers. It is more closely related to weasels. It is the only species in genus Mellivora.

Honey Badgers' Behavior

The honey badger typically lives solitary, or sometimes hunt in groups during mating season. They do not mate for life, and the two cubs they have every six moths are born blind. Life span is unknown, except for captives, which have typically lived to about 24 years. They usually make homes by burrowing in the ground 10 feet. They travel on their feet with five toes. They may also climb trees to get snakes or other items for food.

Pictures of Honey Badgers

Hunting and Diet

Besides their love for honey and sneaking into bee hives to steal it, honey badgers are mainly carnivorous. They are known to chase away lions and other predators that kill the honey badger. Next to the wolf, the honey badger has one of the least specialized diets ever. They enjoy hunting insects, frogs, turtles, rodents, snakes, and birds. They can hunt any time of day, and are usually nocturnal in areas where humans inhabit the land.

Behind the Scenes: Honey Badger Meme

This meme gained more than 65.5 million views on YouTube and later lead to the creation of mobile apps, books, shirts, and other items supporting the honey badger. The voice, actor, "Randall" imitates a 2007 National Geographic documentary and filled it in with his sassy commentary. The honey badger's popularity has reached to commercials, renowned magazines, and celebrities.