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Honey badgers don't follow guides?

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ConorOberstIsGo
1051118.  Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:02 am Reply with quote

Honey badgers were in 1785 supposedly seen to follow the honeyguide to bee hives. A lovely symbiosis where the badger (perhaps more closely related to a weasel) would tear open the hive and eat honey and the guide would pick up the leftovers. But in the Disney film Animals Are Beautiful People, a stuffed guide is waggled in front of the badger on a fishing line because, just as with the lemmings-suicide myth, the filmmakers couldn't get the animals to exhibit this behaviour.


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/09/19/lies-damned-lies-and-honey-badgers/#.UuUgBCg4lz8


Honey guides do lead humans to beehives but it's perhaps more likely that the bird is simply taking refuge in a tree above a hive for protection.

I would also guess the badger is actually - just like a bear - more interested in the protein-rich larvae than the honey.

 

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