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Beware the honey monster

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the most feared creature in Africa is probably the lion, maybe the crocodile, or conceivably the hippo.  But you’d be wrong.  It’s actually the honey badger.  Lions avoid them.  The size of a British badger, it knows no fear, is born grumpy and will attack on a whim.  Not clear if it carries TB, but there again that’s probably the least of your worries if you encounter one.  You see, this rather cuddly sounding creature knows just where to attack, the mere thought of which brings tears to the eyes of the average African chap….   Fortunately I didn’t have to go to Africa to learn all this – the relative comfort of Ulverston in the Lake District sufficed – all part of  an intensive two day course in field skills for the tropics, savannah and desert.

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