30 inches length
16 kg (male)
The honey badger is a species of mustelid native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. It is part of a weasel family, related to skunks, otters, ferrets, and other badgers. It has a stocky, flattened body with short, strong legs, along with long claws on the front feet for digging and defense. The honey badger's hair is thick and coarse, mostly black, with a wide gray-white stripe that stretches across its back from the top of the head to the tip of the tail.
The honey badger is known to be Africa's most fearless animal, despite its small size. It has a gland at the base of its tail that stores a stinky liquid just as powerful as that of its look-alike, the skunk. The smelly stuff is used to mark territory. However, if the honey badger is frightened or threatened, it drops a “stink bomb” rather than spraying the odor like its skunk relative does. The honey badger's odor doesn’t last long, like that of a skunk’s, but it still gets its message across: “Leave me alone!”
In the Universe
The most significant honey badger to appear in the Lion King universe so far is Bunga. He is the best friend of Kion and the bravest member of The Lion Guard. He is also the adopted nephew of Timon and Pumbaa. In the film, Bunga is shown to be adventurous and always itching for trouble. He also gets his own African catchphrase, which is "Zuka Zama."
- The honey badger is also known as the Ratel.
- Honey badgers have no predators, not even humans.
- The honey badger gets its name from what seems to be its favorite food: honey.
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