Don't call me honey! The brave badger fought off the lions in a five-minute battle. The badger skillfully guided the animals more than 300 feet away to a small hole where he could crawl in and escape(Video)

Don’t call me honey! The brave badger fought off the lions in a five-minute battle. The badger skillfully guided the animals more than 300 feet away to a small hole where he could crawl in and escape(Video)

A honey badger was able to fight off a pride of lions and escape despite being trapped in one of the big cat’s jaws during the struggle.

The fearless mustelid held its ground and didn’t give an inch when the lions began circling it at the Selinda Reserve in Northern Botswana, thinking they had found an easy meal.

While fending off the lions the badger cunningly led the animals more than 300 feet away to a small hole which it was then able to squeeze into and escape.

Get back: The honey badger lunges at one of the lion cubs after they outnumber it at the Selinda Reserve in Northern Botswana

Biting down: The honey badger nips the side of the lions face at it pins the mustelid to the ground and sinks its teeth into its body

Running free: The cunning honey badger leads the lions towards a small hole which it squeezes into to makes its escape

Safari guide Kane Motswana, 35, captured the fight unfolding and explained that initially eight lions – four adult lionesses and four young males – were involved.

‘But the inexperience of the young males showed as they continued to pursue him.’

Mr Motswana said the outnumbered badger was ‘very smart indeed’ to hold off its attackers while also plotting its escape.

Outnumbered but not outfoxed: The young lions gather around the honey badger and swipe at it with their paws while it plots its escape

Come back already: A safari guide who saw the incident said a group of adult females gave up after realising the badger wasn’t an easy kill

Ducking and diving: The badger scurries under the lion’s paws as it tries to pounce on the small animal it had hoped to eat for afternoon tea

He said: ‘The honey badger was fortunate enough to escape the jaws of the lions as he very cunningly drove them towards a hole where he knew he could run into for protection.’

Mr Motswana said the badger was so fast ‘clambering into the hole it took us by surprise’.

Despite working in ‘the bush my entire life’ Mr Motswana said the fight isn’t something he will soon forget.

‘This was certainly a unique sighting, packed with action. I would put it up there on my top ten list of sightings.’.

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