Nature: Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

Nature: Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

Wednesday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m.

A YouTube sensation, with more than 64 million hits since its debut in 2011, the “thug of the savannah” is one the most fearless animals in the world.

The honey badger is renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This film follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.

Main photo: A honey badger is in confrontation stance, tail up, ready for action in Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, South Africa.

At right: A honey badger making a meal out of a small mammal.