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The Honey Badger Albert - Bertík


Bertík was born on the night of December 24th -25th, 2020 in Safari Park Dvůr Králové (Czech Republic).
Fother is a 15-year-old male named Tyson and mother a 13-year-old female named Beebee.

Food: omnivore: birds, snakes, turtles, lizards, mammals, fruits, tubers, carcasses, snakes, honey and bee larvae, scorpions, insects, eggs.
Life expectancy: 25 years in captivity.

The Latin name Mellivora is formed from the Latin words mel (honey) and voro (I eat, devour, devour).

The honey badger is a very strong and aggressive animal for its size. There have also been cases of attacks on people or cars.

For its behavior towards large mammals, the honey badger has earned a reputation as the most angry and fearless animal.
Because of these qualities, he also made it into the Guinness Book of Records, and because of his predation and aggressiveness, many myths about him circulate among the local population.

It is said that if you catch him, it can turn inside his skin. This is an exaggerated claim, but its skin is indeed very loose, so that, for example, it cannot be safely grasped by the skin on the neck like other weasel beasts.

If honey badger grows up in captivity, it can become a fun pet.
Some scientists believe that the similarity in the coloration of honey badger and cheetahs cubs in cheetahs has developed as a kind of mimicry, ie camouflage in front of predators.

Thanks to its speed, strength and extreme resistance to poisons (it is able to survive the bite of an attacking viper), it also hunts highly poisonous snakes, such as vipers or even cobras.

Honey and bee larvae are a delicacy for him.
The greater honeyguide (Indicator indicator), which eats larvae and beeswax, helps him find honey.
He leads the honey badger to the hive and waits for the honey badger to break the nest. When he saturated with honey and larvae, the rest is left to the bird.

The honey badger is very intelligent and can use simple working tools.
In captivity, the honey badgeris a very demanding inmate. It is necessary to enrich its breeding space with new stimuli (toys, food enrichments, etc.).

Author of photographs by young Bertík with mother Beebee: Kateřina Bílková, Safari Park Dvůr Králové (Czech Republic).

(there is adoption not possible).

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