The lion is known as the “king of the grasslands”, making all animals afraid, but not always winning. In many cases, lions are even inferior to small animals.
The proof is in the video below, when a honey badger with the size of perhaps less than one-tenth of a lion, but unilaterally resisted, and even caused the enemy to flee.
Shot in Etosha National Reserve (Namibia), the video opens with a honey badger that captures the attention of an adult male lion, unaware of it himself.
When the lion approached, the honey badger was “startled” to recognize it. However, it did not run away in panic, but suddenly became extremely aggressive and reckless.
The animal opened its mouth full of teeth, and then rushed forward as if to “eat it alive”, making even the lion have to abstain. At this time, the honey badger slowly ran away, but was always ready to turn back to defend himself when the lion approached too close.
The animal’s ferocity caused the lion to run after it only for a while, perhaps out of pure curiosity, without any intention of taking down its prey. After a while of chasing, the lion seemed to realize that he could not fight this “crazy guy”, so he decided to give up.
The honey badger is a species of mammal in the weasel family. They have a body length of 55 – 70 cm, and are less than 30 cm tall.
Despite their small size, honey badgers are less likely to be hunted in the wild. The secret lies in the honey badger’s very thick skin, especially the skin around its neck up to 6mm thick, which allows it to effectively fend off fatal bites.
In addition, they also possess short, but exceptionally sturdy legs, along with sharp claws, which can be used as effective weapons, in addition to sharp teeth.
In some cases, the honey badger’s recklessness and ferocity also help it repel large enemies. That’s when the spirit and will become “weapon”, helping the animal to win even before the battle.
Most especially, they have very effective resistance to venom. Filmmakers about the animal world have witnessed a scene where a honey badger is bitten by a viper and a viper (the two most venomous types of snakes) causing it to faint, thinking it’s dead. However, only 2 hours later, the honey badger woke up and was still healthy as if nothing had happened.