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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-22
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-18 11:57
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This is Stoffel the Honey Badger at Maholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. It was very difficult to get a photo of this little character because he was never standing still and kept on looking for some way to escape his enclosure. According to the staff at Moholoholo he was quite an escape artist. This was the best shot I could get.
These little animals are fearless and will stand their ground against any predator.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

The honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the ratel (/ˈreɪtəl/ or /ˈrɑːtəl/), is a species of mustelid native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. Despite its name, the honey badger does not closely resemble other badger species; instead, it bears more anatomical similarities to weasels. It is classed as Least Concern by the IUCN owing to its extensive range and general environmental adaptations. It is primarily a carnivorous species and has few natural predators because of its thick skin and ferocious defensive abilities.

The honey badger has a fairly long body, but is distinctly thick-set and broad across the back. Its skin is remarkably loose, and allows it to turn and twist freely within it. The skin around the neck is 6 millimetres (0.24 in) thick, an adaptation to fighting conspecifics. The head is small and flat, with a short muzzle. The eyes are small, and the ears are little more than ridges on the skin, another possible adaptation to avoiding damage while fighting.
The honey badger has short and sturdy legs, with five toes on each foot. The feet are armed with very strong claws, which are short on the hind legs and remarkably long on the forelimbs. It is a partially plantigrade animal whose soles are thickly padded and naked up to the wrists. The tail is short and is covered in long hairs, save for below the base.
Honey badgers are the largest terrestrial mustelids in Africa. Adults measure 23 to 28 cm (9.1 to 11 in) in shoulder height and 5577 cm (2230 in) in body length, with the tail adding another 1230 cm (4.712 in). Females are smaller than males. Males weigh 9 to 16 kg (20 to 35 lb) while females weigh 5 to 10 kg (11 to 22 lb) on average. Skull length is 13.914.5 cm (5.55.7 in) in males and 13 cm (5.1 in) for females.
There are two pairs of mammae. The honey badger possesses an anal pouch which, unusual among mustelids, is reversible, a trait shared with hyenas and mongooses. The smell of the pouch is reportedly "suffocating", and may assist in calming bees when raiding beehives.
The skull bears little similarity to that of the European badger, and greatly resembles a larger version of a marbled polecat skull. The skull is very solidly built, with that of adults having no trace of an independent bone structure. The braincase is broader than that of dogs.
The dental formula is: . The teeth often display signs of irregular development, with some teeth being exceptionally small, set at unusual angles or are absent altogether. Honey badgers of the subspecies signata have a second lower molar on the left side of their jaws, but not the right. Although it feeds predominantly on soft foods, the honey badger's cheek teeth are often extensively worn. The canine teeth are exceptionally short for carnivores. The tongue has sharp, backward-pointing papillae which assist it in processing tough foods.
The winter fur is long (being 4050 mm long on the lower back), and consists of sparse, coarse, bristle-like hairs lacking under fur. Hairs are even sparser on the flanks, belly and groin. The summer fur is shorter (being only 15 mm long on the back) and even sparser, with the belly being half bare. The sides of the heads and lower body are pure black in colour. A large white band covers their upper bodies, beginning from the top of their heads down to the base of their tails. Honey badgers of the cottoni subspecies are unique in being completely black in colour.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Hello Natley,
Have not seen you around for quite along time. Or is it me who was "absent". Whatever ... welcome back with an unusual image. Yes, I can imagine that he would be difficult to photograph so you did exceptionally well under the circumstances. Best wishes and keep posting.

Hi Natley,
what an interesting animal. Perfect presentation. Nice natural colours. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-18 13:07]

Hello Natley,
Nice portrait of this Honey Badger in good sharpness, details and taken from a very good low POV. Fine natural colours.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-11-18 17:10]

Hello Natley,
You did quite well at capturing this image considering this guy was always on the go. Just looking at him gives you the sense that he is a pretty fearless character. He kind of reminds me of a Wolverine.

hello Natley,
very nice portrait of this little fearless character.
best wishes,

hello natley
very good picture with many details and good sharpness
very good naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Natley,
Quite a nice close-up shot of this Honey Badger. Nice detail and natural colours taken from a low POV. Well done.

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