Honey Badger

Baby Honey Badger!

The Czech Republic’s Safari Park Dvur Králové has welcomed a baby honey badger! He recently turned one month old. The mother, the female BeeBee, takes exemplary care of the baby and has not yet taken a step away from him.

The breeding of honey badgers is extremely rare and is managed by only a handful of zoos in the world. The last honey badger ZooBorns featured was born over 10 years ago! This little one is the second born at Dvur Králové in a relatively short time. The very first in the history of the safari park was born to BeeBee and Tyson on Christmas Day 2020.

We think the cub will leave the facility in a few months. For now, you can at least watch him on the camera from the delivery box. The live broadcast is running at the  Park’s Honey Badger Exhibit.

📷 Kateřina Bílková / Safari Park Dvur Králové

Meet Badger Girl - the Baby Honey Badger!

Baby Honey Badger Joburg Zoo at 10-14 days old

Feisty, stubborn, smelly, and adventurous, at 14 weeks old "Badger Girl," the Honey Badger cub, is exhibiting all the trademark charms of her species. Truth be told, veterinarians at the Johannesburg Zoo are still not totally sure about Badger Girls' sex... first they thought it was a girl, then a boy, and now they are just plain unsure. Time will tell.

Despite the "sweet" name Honey Badgers are actually quite fearless and, when necessary, ferocious. They get their name for following the call of the Honey Guide (bird) to a beehive. This partnership works well as the badger opens the beehive, surviving the attack from angry bees, and shares some of the spoils with the bird.

Baby Honey Badger Joburg Zoo at 10-14 days old feeding

Baby Honey Badger Joburg Zoo at 10-14 days old feeding
(Above: Badger Girl at 10-12 days old)

Badger Girl was an unexpected discovery in her den after her parents were moved to a different exhibit. Zoo staff shared this first hand description with ZooBorns: She was raised on Royal Canine puppy formula, drank quite easily once the correct feeding nipple was found but proved to be very stubborn, only drinking when she needed to drink and not when you wanted her to do so. She is now more on solids. She is showing the signs of adult honey badgers, stalking guinea fowl in the Zoo, tail upright and crawling low to the ground. She is extremely smelly and scent marks everything and everyone.

Badger Girl at 9-10 weeks(Immediately above and below: Badger Girl at 10-11 weeks)

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