The honey badger - which is not a badger anyway, but its own species, probably more closely related to the polecat, has the reputation of being the most fearless and vicious of all mammals.
When attacking a male of another species, the honey badger is said to go for the genitals.
The first published record of this behaviour was an account in 1947 of a honey badger reportedly castrating an adult buffalo.
Other animals alleged to have been castrated by honey badgers include wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra and human.
The honey badger is very difficult to kill owing to its remarkably tough skin which can deflect spears and arrows.
This also helps it when it tears bees nests apart in search of honey and grubs, when it seems immune to the satings of the annoyed residents.
The male honey badger makes a low grunting noice when mating.