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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:16 am 
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As the vast majority of us know, HBs, outisde of camps, are a rare spot.

My two most memorable are:
1) Orpen camp. About 12/13 years ago. was sitting at the braai, family had gone to bed, pulled up a chair next to the fire having a last beer. as i finished and got up, almost stood on a HB that had creaped up behind me, was about 1m away. Dont know who got the bigger fright!!

2) This year, near lower sabie. strangely enough, was the only vehicle in sight which is a rareity for the LS/Skukuza highway. Had a HB running accross the road foraging on both sides. When i first saw it, it ran to the side of the road just i front of my car, lay on its back and started growling / chattering (hence the name 'ratel' i presume?). Anyway, a car 2000 times bigger than itself didnt disturb him and his quest for breakfast. the sighting lasted 10 mins (only car the whole time, believe it or not). as i took the first pic, my camera battery gave up. :wall:


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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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I guess it was a different one! :redface: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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I was reading an article yesterday in our local newspaper about a baby Honey Badger born a week ago in the Johannesburg Zoo.
Apparantly its doing very well and the mother is very protective and caring so they are every hopeful it will survive. :D

The amusing part was the names, the mother's is Bedlam, her mate's name, Mayhem and the nephew is called Jack the Ripper. :lol:
I guess that says it all about the HB's character perfectedly. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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In his book titled "Nightstalk" by photographer Bruce Aiken (also by him , "Kruger , A Supreme African Wilderness") who researched his book on lions that had been collared in the area where the Sweni wilderness trail now operates , he reports that when the lions encountered a badger while hunting they invariably left it alone ....the subadults who were not allowed to actively take part in the hunt would normally harass or kill most small mammals they could catch .

He had access to the area for a few months in 1984 to photograph a pride that had been collared as part of a research program , and would follow the pride which numbered 39 at one stage on hunts . Once they had grown accustomed to the vehicle , which took allmost 3 months , they allowed him to accompany the hunts from start to finish .
There are many interesting observations on lions hunting activity in this book .

Can anyone shed light on what it is that makes honey badgers so resistant to snake venom ?

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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Had our best ever HB sighting recently at Houmoed.

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He was digging furiously for the 15 minutes we watched - gate/time restrictions - about 6 metres from the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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Wow, Safrica - must be the German luck, eh? Yes, they're often fleeting sightings, that's why 15 minutes is a sublime bonus!


:lol: Guess we were lucky on our last trip...

The one HB-sighting only lasted 5 seconds at the most - we saw it running next to the road and right into the bush!

But our other sighting was fairly longer - he was running around, constantly sniffing and digging
fortunately it was in an open area
but still it was very difficult to take a pic - it had it`s head down the whole time

here the pic again:
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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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I found the photos of the two I saw in KTP June 2007!!!!

This one near Urikaruus
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This one at Auchterionie Waterhole - You must put on your specs for this one!!
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Not as good as madach's but at least i got some photos of this wonderful animal

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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ndloti wrote:
I am still trying to find out more about this snake venom tolerance , will advise .

I have eventually found a lead via a prof at Pretoria University who told me that I can start looking in the Selous/ Niassa transfrontier park for the couple whose studies of the HB featured in the Nat Geo documentary filmed in Kgalagadi .

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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I saw a Honey badger female with 2 cubs cross the road on the main Numbi road en route to Pretoriuskop.
:mrgreen: maybe some pictures of the cubs :D

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cubs? oh wow!!
they must be terrible cute :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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Hi Everybody,

If you want to see Honey Badger close up you must go to Satara camp. :)

The one night that we were staying there he was raiding all the bins in the camp, then he came to ours and we stood dead still, trying to take a photo of him while he was still raiding the bin.

Then I moved and he was off, across the lawn and my brother, my dad, my mom and I were after him trying to get some more photo's. :cam:

I got some cool photo's and it was an experience to be so close to a Honey Badger. We didn't want to get to close incase it got aggressive.

Then it got bored of us standing there watching it and it went and sat in a drain pipe and ate its dinner that it got out the bin.

It was such a 8) sighting.

P.S - I don't know if it is there anymore because the ranger said that they would have to remove it because it was a danger to the visitor's that came to Satara.

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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Sorry I could get no pics of the Honey badger or her cubs as they left as soon as they arrived and there was no time to get the camera ready even for an "evidence" shot.
Honey Badger cubs are very cute. I played with a 4 month old female cub once. She was rescued from a veldfire where she lost contact with her mother. They are one-tracked minded little creatures and extremely tenacious. The little cub was so focussed on the smells coming from a dustbin she didnt even realise my presence at first!


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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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Where in KTP would you expect to find these guys???

We have never seen one before but we do know that they are in the sorounding bush of KTP.

Any advice?

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 Post subject: Re: Honey Badger
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HB in Kgalagadi are all over. It is the old maxim of right place, right time, but our one was at Houmoed in the late afternoon.

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