In this epic battle, 3 leopards gang up on 1 honey badger but soon regret their decision when it chooses to fight back! This incredible moment unravelled at &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp in the Greater Kruger. How will it end?
One of the grittiest creatures in the animal kingdom, honey badgers don’t take kindly to being provoked, even when they are outsized and outnumbered. These carnivores have been known to take on animals well over 3 times their size and will stop at nothing to conquer their enemies.
“We were parked near a mother leopard and her two cubs, who were sitting on the Sand River bank. We followed them as they moved upstream. The two cubs walked into the reeds and we heard a loud commotion which the mother reacted to. Then all three appeared, wrestling with a honey badger.”
“The honey badger was fighting back, instead of trying to run away, actually turning the tables at times.”
“Our initial reaction was that they had caught something, but we didn’t know what. We were shocked when we realized it was a honey badger because they are well known for being fearless and tough animals. The three leopards took turns trying to take the honey badger down – an unfair battle one would think. The sighting ended with the honey badger trotting off as though nothing had happened. This was a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.”
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“An unbelievable battle between two naturally shy and tough animals. Never underestimate the underdog.”
Although it is unclear why the three leopards took on the badger, they soon realized the badger was not going to give in without putting up a fight. We are utterly privileged to witness sightings like these in nature!
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