Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem
Although barely a foot tall, honey badgers have a reputation for attacking just about anything, from venomous snakes to full-grown lions. This film discovers if the honey badger’s bite really is as big as its hype!
The record books describe it as the most fearless animal on the planet. Despite its small size the honey badger has acquired a formidable reputation as the ‘tough guy’ of the African bush – but are they really as bold and fearless as people claim?
Low de Vries, a young zoologist with a lifelong ‘badger obsession’, is eager to start a new research project in South Africa’s Greater Kruger wilderness at a safari lodge where these normally elusive animals have become regular visitors. But some of the most remarkable insights into the honey badger’s courage and tenacity, however, come not from scientists, but from people trying to help them.
Conservationist Brian Jones unfolds the jaw-dropping saga of his rescued badger Stoffel, who proves to be not only fearless, but maddeningly clever. The willingness of this tiny animal to attack full-grown lions, and his uncanny ability to escape even a ‘high security’ enclosure, almost defy belief.
The honey badger’s quest for honey is equally
In a bid to protect the animals from the wrath of his fellow beekeepers, beekeeper Guy Stubbs is attempting to devise a badger-proof beehive. In return,
the badgers give him a humbling lesson in strength and sheer willpower.
The film returns to Low who is lucky enough to witness an extraordinary scene of badger courtship, as well as a gripping battle between honey badgers and hyenas – proof indeed that these animals punch well above their weight.
Yet Low’s attempts to find and track badgers beyond the lodge are going nowhere. He’s left with the distinct impression that the badgers are simply outsmarting him. Perhaps, after all, it’s not courage or ferocity that gives the honey badger its edge, but intelligence.