A honey badger is in confrontation stance, tail up, ready for action. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, South Africa.
“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. This film follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.
Nature: Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem, Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.