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Meet some real honey monsters; Pick of The Day.

HONEY BADGERS: MASTERS OF MAYHEM - NATURAL WORLD (9pm BBC2) MOVE over meerkats. There's a new superstar critter on the block and it's called a honey badger. But don't let the name fool you - the honey badger is anything but sweet.

They're only little but they have the reputation for being the world's most insanely fearless animal - attacking hyenas, rhinos and even lions - a bit like the Killer Bunny in Monty Python And The Holy Grail.

"He really rips you to pieces," smiles Brian Jones, a South African who rashly keeps a honey badger called Stoffel as a pet on his sanctuary for injured wildlife. Many of the animals have been injured by Stoffel himself.

This is also the first time I've ever seen a wildlife film crew wearing plastic cricket cups for their own protection.

"He will go for your b---s," explains Brian admiringly.

The South African Army have already nicknamed their toughest armoured vehicle after the honey badger, and if I were a showbiz agent, I'd be trying to think up products honey badgers could promote (something containing stupid amounts of alcohol and caffeine, probably) because it's hard not to warm to these ferocious monsters who are not only brave, but fiendishly clever too.

In this film, we watch one conservationist who has been trying to design a bee hive on stilts that a honey badger won't be able to climb up and destroy.

He's still working on it. Meanwhile, Brian's ever more desperate attempts to build an enclosure capable of keeping Stoffel and his mate Hammi from breaking out are doomed as the honey badgers outwit him at every turn. Under-estimate a honey badger at your peril.

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A honey badger at night (main) and another in its confrontation stance, tail up, ready for action
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 18, 2014
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