HOG BADGER/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

HOG BADGER

HOG BADGER


DESCRIPTION: Probably the commonest badger of the North–East, it looks like an odd cross between a Wild Boar and a small bear. Its coat is a uniform grizzled grey in contrast to the Honey Badger’s (its closest relative) prominent pied colouration. The hairless snout is longer, giving it a porcine appearance. The whitish face has two dark stripes through its eyes as in the European Badger. Here, the similarity with true badgers ends: the throat is pale and it has a black streak on the cheek, both absent in true badgers. The white ears are prominent. Its legs and head are darker than the rest of its body. The tail and claws are white unlike the Honey Badger’s black ones.

BEHAVIOUR: It relies more on smell than sight and gambols awkwardly like a bear when running. Other than using its teeth and claws in defence if cornered, it releases a pungent odour.

DISTRIBUTION: North–east India HABITAT: Well-wooded countryside; deciduous forests.

 Size: 55–70 cm

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

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