NATURE: Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

NATURE: Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 8:00pm

A honey badger showing its impressive build perched on top of an oil drum at night.

Credit: Courtesy of Robin Cox/©Oxford Scientific Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Follow specialists in South Africa who take on masters of mayhem — honey badgers.

“Honey badger is bad ass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation, with 51 million hits. This “thug of the savannah” is one the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. NATURE: Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem, airing Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

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