8 species of badgers are native to North America, Ireland, Great Britain, Mainland Europe, Africa, and Scandinavia. Their jaw structure is such that they can latch onto an opponent and lose their head before they lose their grip. However, the opponent is more likely to lose a patch of flesh or a limb than the badger. Their hide is both tough and lose fitting, hard to grip or damage. Badgers can defeat wolves, lions, and bears and will do so to defend its young! Fighting is not always necessary as the badger sounds meaner than anything else and often intimidates its opponent with attitude alone. It's reputation for meanness in most cases is not entirely deserved (except for honey badgers). It usually just desires to be left alone and its complaints are in self-defense, defense of its young, its mate, or its fellows. Some badgers live in groups of 2 to 15. Badgers even cooperate with other species to accomplish tasks such as borrows and hunting. They eat earthworms, insects, grubs, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, roots, and fruits. They mostly get food that they dig up. They dig burrows for shelter which can be extensive and sometimes bury food for later.
Honey Badgers deserve every bit of their reputation. They hunt animals larger than themselves & steal food from them. They think nothing of confronting elephants and hippos; completely fearless. Pythons, wolves, bears, lions, tigers and leopards rarely attempt to eat honey badgers. Its thick loose skin prevents neck breaking, suffocation, and throat damage. It twists around and attacks these attempted predators from inside their mouths. Honey Badgers get their name from eating the honey from beehives, and the then hives, and then the bees; they don't care about getting stung. They attack and eat gazelle, porcupines, jackals, scorpions, venomous snakes, and crocodiles! A National Geographic documentary filmed a honey badger forcibly removing a carcass from the throat of a puff-adder and then calmly eating it right in front of the angry snake even after being bitten. It then killed the snake and tried to eat it too before collapsing from the snake bite. 2 hours later it woke up and finished the meal, having survived the bite. They'll dig for anything to eat, including dead carcases. They will eat each other if the opportunity arises. Their fearless to begin with, but they sometimes store fruits to ferment before eating them. You've never met a mean drunk until you've met a dunk honey badger. If all that wasn't scary enough, the Honey Badger is a thinking predator capable of problem solving and tool use! Scientist have documented a honey badger finding and using a log to capture prey that was out originally out of reach.
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