Honey badger burglars in action

2016-03-22 10:25

Lusaka - You've heard of trying to make your house rat-proof. But what happens when you have to make it honey-badger proof too?

Endearing footage has emerged of three honey badgers trying to break into a fridge at a safari lodge in Zambia.

The three mammals, eyes shining in the night light, try to sniff their way into the fridge, using their back and front paws to break in. One of them is particularly determined, though he eventually looks at the trail camera in what looks very much like disgust.
The footage was captured in 2012 but posted to YouTube only a few days ago.

The honey badgers were trying to reach "fruit, vegetables, butter, cheese and eggs," Grant Cumings of Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro told News24. 

Cumings said the honey badgers were frequent visitors to the camps, which are in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park.

"They are in both our camps most nights foraging and scavenging despite steps taken to manage waste and non-waste food stuffs," he said.

Cumings said that on one occasion a honey badger with eyes presumably bigger than his stomach "gorged himself so much at Chiawa that he fell asleep in the kitchen afterwards."
"He only woke up after being prodded by a broom stick (which he took great exception to) and chased our chef out the store room," he said. 

A new "badger-proof" kitchen has now been constructed at Old Mondoro.

Honey badgers are normally solitary animals. They are known for their ferocity and strength.
Their fondness for raiding beehives in search of honey earned them their name.

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