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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:44 am

..and one crossing the road on the S50... forgot about this one!
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby normana53 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:13 am

This fellow was running so fast he left a dust cloud as he sped away from us. I guess he was a little camera shy.
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taken last November on the Tropic of Capricorn loop. We have had great luck spotting Ratel on this road over the years.
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Unread postby normana53 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:21 am

Later on this same trip, we did a bush walk and were amazed that we came upon two Honey Badger, a mother and daughter, who were digging for a Scorpion breakfast. Our guide, Amos was very excited and told us that in many year of being in the bush and doing bush walks, he had never seen Honey Badger while on foot!
Amos was very happy about this sighting, and related a story of two Rangers who were on bicycle patrol who came upon a Honey Badger far out in the bush. The Honey Badger was annoyed at their presence and charged them, they dismounted and held the bikes between the Badger and themselves. The Badger proceeded to tear the tires off the bike, at which point the rangers abandoned the bikes and climbed the nearest tree, where they waited for some time before the Badger lost interest in them and left. :lol: This was one moment when I couldn't get a good shot of the Honey Badger, but did get this picture after they had left.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:48 am

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Great story, Normana, and what a sighting indeed.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby BadgerGirl » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:36 am

I am in the very fortunate position of being involved in the conservation of these animals and being in touch with conservationists who have hand raised orphaned badgers, who have studied honey badgers, who rescue, rehabilitate and release badgers.
I have such a passion for these animals.
During 2012 I saw an ad whereby a honey badger was to be auctioned in Limpopo.
It is a long story because it is illegal to trade with them and you require TOPS and other permits for them.
I stopped the auction, made an offer for her and bought her.
I worked with a Wildlife rehabilitation centre and we darted her in the 3m x 3m cage where she had spent her 2 years.
Badgers are nomadic and this girl had injured herself and bit her teeth through right up to the roots in her attempts to escape captivity.
Subsequently she could not drink water or eat properly.
She was underweight, dehydrated and in poor physical health when the vets at the zoo examined her.
The zoo was a place of safety whilst her home in the Kalahari was prepared.
She had been fed donkey meat which is not their natural diet.
The keeper told us he did not really know what a badger's diet consists of.
She had to undergo dental surgery at Onderstepoort: 4 x root canals to repair the damage of an insufficient diet and biting her steel and concrete cage.
After a week of vitamin and minerals and a diet consisting of her natural food it was time ...the glorious day she was taken to one of the largest reserves in the Kalahari where a soft rehabilitation process begun.
When the door of the travelling cage was opened she sped out, ran along the fence of her boma, saw some bushes and hid herself in an old aardvark hole.
By the next morning she had dug her own house :)
The rehabilitation process included providing her with her natural food until she started hunting for birds, mice, spiders and snakes on her own.
After about two weeks the gate was opened.
She went out and explored this vast new freedom but returned to her boma until she was ready to go. Recently (this month) another two honey badgers were released from a life of captivity into the vast freedom of the Kalahari following a soft rehabilitation process.
We are currently working with the *** on the badger friendly products.
I am also involved with an organization in the Western Cape where badgers are persecuted by bee keepers. We had a very special honey badger girl there called Hope who lost her hind leg in a gin trap set by a bee keeper.
That is another story in it's own right but a sad ending. She was killed by a car.
During our September visit to the KNP we saw two badgers, one of them was paralyzed in the back and pulling itself by the front legs.
This was on the S50.
Please keep a look out for them and report sightings of the paralyzed badger to the Mopani ranger or to Amis and Stanley.
I have all the pictures of both these stories and will make an effort to post them.
We can all help in their survival by fighting against the sale of gin traps, reporting people who sell gin traps, buying only EWT badger friendly products etc.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby RosemaryH » Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:08 am

BadgerGirl :clap: :clap: Well Done and thanks. I love stories with happy endings. It must have been so rewarding for you to see she had dug her own home :D :clap:
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Jock » Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:25 pm

What a great story and my hat off to you BadgerGirl. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: One day when I return to South Africa I want to get involved with helping wildlife as well.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:17 pm

What a magnificent, inspiring, and ultimately rewarding, story, BadgerGirl.
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: What a privilege to be able to practise your passion to such an extent. Though you say you did only a small part, I guarantee you that your part was greater than you might give yourself credit for. :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: Honey badgers are indeed the most magnificent and intelligent of creatures and I always thrill to see them in the wild. On our last trip to Kruger, we saw two trotting across the H7 about 100m ahead of us, neither speeding up nor slowing down as we slowly approached. And the trip before we were privileged to see a pair of them on three separate occasions, albeit it always at a distance. Thank you for the updates and very useful information, BadgerGirl, and please keep us informed of heartwarming badger stories. :D :D
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby Safrica » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:51 am

On our last trip we saw 2 Honey Badgers on the tar road to Orpen.
Too quick for pictures, though

During one of our walks on Metsi-Metsi trail we saw 2 Honey Badgers on foot! :dance:
They let us come quite close – was really awesome!
I`m still sorting out my load of pics – will post one later.

Was a great sighting! :D
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Honey Badger.

Unread postby BadgerGirl » Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:43 am

What do their names mean?

According to the Beggs, their (honey badgers) scientific name Mellivora capensis mean "honey eater of the Cape", it refers to their well known liking for bee brood and the place where they were first described, The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Their other common name -"Ratel" probably refers to the rattling sound they make when they are frightened and was probably taken from the Afrikaans language common in the Cape.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby kiyasmum » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:41 pm

Hi Badgergirl

I read your post with great interest. My SO and I have been involved with Eurasian Badgers for over twenty years here in the UK. We have rescued both adults and cubs, all of which were returned to the wild or put to sleep if not fit enough. I watched a group of badgers for five years and got to know them very well, to the point where the some of the cubs started climbing on me. I made sure never to touch them and they stopped this interaction as they got a bit older. When I moved house a friend who had visited the badgers with me in the past, went to watch them and reported that they behaved like normal badgers, proving the point that the trust was only with me.

I am coming to the Kruger for the first time in September 2014 and really want to see a Honey Badger, with that in mind I will keep an eye on this post.

It is wonderful to know that there are people in SA taking care of HB's.

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby kiyasmum » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:45 pm

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I have just read the FAQ on images and hope this works. This was one of my study group.

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby flying cheetah » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:31 am

I saw these two badgers not far from Mopani in November. Unfortunetely they were not willing to pose for a decent pic, so this is the best I got...

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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:42 am

Always lovely to see honey badgers. :clap: Unfortunately, if one isn't ready with the camera, the opportunity is lost because they usually keep moving through the bush.
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Re: Honey Badger

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:58 am

Great sightings all!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

We had the pleasure of watching this one getting dinner!! July 2013 taken from the H12 bridge.

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