Honey badger takes on python and wins

Last week Lyn Francey, who works as the local birding specialist guide for Pangolin photo Safari, was taking some clients out on the Chobe river in the middle of the day as part of a day trip from Victoria Falls. They spotted a magnificent 2-meter python swimming across the sᴡᴏʟʟᴇɴ river, presumably in search of ᴘʀᴇʏ.

Seeing this beautiful reptile swimming, in decent light for photography, would normally have been reward enough – but what happened next was truly remarkable.

Just as the snake reached the bank a honey badger came charging out of the nearby bushes and grabbed the snake by its head before it had a chance to even think about mounting a counter ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ. Dᴇᴀᴛʜ came swiftly to the snake as the formidable jaws of the honey badger ᴄʀᴜsʜᴇᴅ its skull and made it all too easy for the wily badger to drag away its reptilian meal to the same bush to enjoy in peace.

Lyn was so stunned that she only managed to grab some quick shots from her position on the Pangolin boat. If the 65cm badger had not grabbed the snake by the head the ꜰɪɢʜᴛ could have quite easily have gone the other way!

Honey badgers is a typical omnivorous animal, inhabiting the vast grasslands and tropical rain forests of Africa. Birds, reptiles, ants, carrion, wild fruits, berries, nuts, etc. in the range of activities are all its belly objects, especially like eating honey.

The dense, rough fur helps the honey badger avoid multiple large-scale swarm ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋs. The honey badger has a ᴠɪᴏʟᴇɴᴛ temperament, strong ᴏꜰꜰᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ power, and ᴄᴀɴɴɪʙᴀʟɪsᴍ. The sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ rate of cubs in the natural environment is less than 50%. It has been included in the Guinness Book of Records as “the most fearless animal in the world” for many years.

One of the important reasons why the honey badger is famous for being “out of the circle” is that it is not ᴀꜰʀᴀɪᴅ of snake venom, and it is commonplace to catch and eat snakes. If the honey badger is ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by the sizzling viper, the venom will spread throughout the body of the honey badger along the ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅ, and then the honey badger faints and sleeps for two hours. After waking up, the honey badger is still ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ and well, it seems that it has just passed the ghost gate.

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