Honey Badger (Ratel) vs Ocelot
Honey Badger vs Ocelot
12" tall, 30" long, 35 lbs 18" tall, 40" long, 40 lbs
Here we have a very interesting fight between the legendary Honey Badger of Africa and the Ocelot the small jungle cat of Central and South America.
The Honey Badger, despite its name, biologically is more closely related to a Wolverine than badger species. Like the Wolverine, the ratel is notorious for its ferocity and fearless nature, even being able to scare lions and leopards away from their kills. Ratels do not discriminate when feeding, it will hunt and eat birds, rodents, tortoises, lizards and large snakes. They devour all parts of their prey, including skin, hair, feathers, flesh and bones, holding their food down with their forepaws.
The Ocelot acts very much like a small jaguar. It is the largest of the small Leopardus cat genus. Despite its size, it will take down prey as large as deer. Ocelots are also ferociously territorial and will fight one another, sometimes to the death, to defend its territory.
When pitted against each other, I feel the Ocelot would first engage the Ratel as it may look like a potential prey. The ratel, is known to scream loudly when it is backed into a corner, which would temporarily push back the cat. Once settled down, the Ocelot would pounce on the badger and bite down on its neck. However, the ratel has a secret defense, its skin is very thick and very loose, which allows it to turn all the way back at its attacker and clamp down on its throat with is powerful jaws.
Honey Badger wins!