Honey badger saves its offspring from a leopard

Honey badgers (Mellivora capensis), of course, have a well deserved reputation for fierceness. In fact, their name is synonymous with “badass.” But I didn’t think one would take on a leopard. Yet it did—when that leopard was trying to kill the badger’s offspring. Here’s a video of a badass honey badger (a redundancy) driving off that leopard. I worried about the offspring, but the account below, given by Sahara Wulfsohn, implies that it is a bit banged up but will probably be okay.

This incredible and unusual interaction was filmed by Sahara Wulfsohn, a 28-year-old guide at Kirkmans Kamp in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park.

. . . The Leopard stalked closer and closer till its nose was practically touching the rear end of the Badger. The badger turned around, and im sure got the surprise of its life. The Leopard launched its attack in a fury of claw and tooth with the small badger fighting bravely and valiantly but not really a match for the Leopard, I was filming at this point and then noticed the mother Badger running at speed towards the melee and rapidly displaced the Leopard. The sighting ended with the mother Badger dragging her large cub by the scruff of the neck into a convenient and nearby hole in a termite mound. The young badger had probably broken its front right leg, but will almost certainly survive thanks to the strength and protection of its mother

13 Comments

  1. CAS
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    That is one fierce MOM!

  2. Merilee
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I thought that honey badger didn’t give a shit?

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    When size does not matter…

  4. Posted February 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Someone has to mention the YouTube classic, so why not I? Here is it:

    The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger (original narration by Randall)

    • Merilee
      Posted February 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      I already mentioned it in comment #2🤓

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I’d use a first-round pick to take that badger for my team.

    • Mark R.
      Posted February 9, 2019 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      Tyronn Mathieu (aka the Honey Badger) would have been a first round pick had the NFL not been so pot-phobic. That organization really needs to lighten up; they could start by lighting up.

  6. Heather Hastie
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    The leopard knows not to try again when mum is there too! Very cool video!

  7. Posted February 9, 2019 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    HBs are like skunks on crystal meth.

    Variegated hair don’t care.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted February 9, 2019 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    The Mustelid family consists of some of the fiercest carnivores: wolverines, otters, badgers, polecats- all bad-ass predators. And many do secrete bad ass-smells.

  9. Posted February 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I think of honey badgers as the wolverines of Africa. As a kid I read the Carcajou book about a wolverine. Fascinated, I then found tales of wolverines combating bears, cougars, wolves, moose, hunters and campers – and winning!

  10. Commen-tater
    Posted February 10, 2019 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    So supposedly a young honey badger in the wild can survive a broken leg? I rather doubt it.

  11. rickflick
    Posted February 10, 2019 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Amazing survival strategy. My mom once told me when I was small if anyone attacked me she’s scratch their eyes out. I’m inclined to thing she would have succeeded.


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