Dexter – the scary baby

One of Africa’s most ferocious animals, Honey Badgers have been known to attack Lions and Buffalo when threatened. They will also attack humans when in real danger. They have a powerful bite and loose skin which enables them to wriggle out of any grasp. Honey Badgers feed on a wide variety of foods including eggs, fruit, honey, reptiles, insects, larvae and grubs. They have a relationship with the Honey-guide, a bird that leads them to beehives for a return of the spoils.

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On Thursday the 17th January 2017 we received a telephone call from the Louis Trichardt SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  Earlier in the week a local dropped off a seemingly healthy Honey badger pup and as the only wildlife rehabilitation centre endorsed by the National Council of SPCA s’ in Limpopo Province, the pup was to be transferred to us for rehabilitation and eventual release.

On our recommendation the pup was taken to the Blouberg Animal Clinic where Dr. Freddi Harris examined it, kept it overnight for observation and gave it a clean bill of health.

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Named Dexter, the little guy was collected on Friday morning and brought to SanWild.  We estimate him to be about 2-3 months old, but he has already proved to be quite feisty and we named him Dexter.

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For some really cool facts about the African Honey Badger please click here