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honey badger at Howletts Wild Animal Park tucks into a tray of honey comb courtesy of the park s own bees
honey badger at Howletts Wild Animal Park tucks into a tray of honey comb courtesy of the park s own bees

Bad badger! This little honey monster is dead sett on getting a sweet treat - after weaseling her way to the front of the dinner queue.

Winnie the greedy omnivore was snapped tucking into her favourite snack this week as her hungry friend Tyson looked on.

Staff at Howletts Wild Animal Park had treated the two honey badgers to a tasty tray of honeycomb.

But sweet-toothed Winnie KO'd Tyson and got in there first to scoff it.

The honey came courtesy of the Bekesbourne park’s own bees after staff realised their hives had become overcrowded.

To make space, some of the frames holding the honey were taken out and given to the badgers.

But animal director Neil Spooner revealed: “Winnie certainly lived up to her name and tucked in.

“She absolutely gorged herself and hardly left any for her companion, four-year-old male Tyson.”

In tropical Africa, the honey badger has a remarkable relationship with a bird, the black-throated honeyguide.

When the bird locates a bees’ nest, it goes in search of a honey badger and leads it to the spot, chattering and flicking its tail.

The badger breaks open the nest with its strong claws, and the bird enjoys the grubs and wax while its "helper" eats the sweet stuff.

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