Honey badgers have one of the highest ratios of brain size to body size in known species. They are one of the only animals besides man capable of sophisticated, intelligent planning, tool crafting, tool use, and strategy.
This video has gone viral showcasing the honey badgers' intelligence through the Houdini antics of Stoffel and his girlfriend, Hallie. They are mind blowing clever.
Stoffel lives in Moholoholo wildlife rehabilitation center near Kruger National Park, South Africa. He was rescued by the center from a negligent owner that tried to domesticate him. Sadly, Stoffel has spent so much of his life as a domestic animal that he can’t be released into the wild.
There is a reason honey badgers are fearless. They have skin that is so impenetrable it can’t be broken with direct and sharp blows to the neck (the skin is 6mm thick). They have a natural immunity to cobra venom, and their skin is remarkably loose allowing them to turn and twist freely within it so escape or attack is taken in their stride. There have been cases of the honey badger beating down a lion long enough to survive. True to their name, they raid bee hives, completely oblivious to the swarming attackers. Read more on Wiki.
"Give them a suitable planet, 500,000 years, maybe a bit of genetic tweaking, and honey badgers may evolve into the dominant species. The common traits of intelligence are eery" JK