Stoffle, the Badger that can escape from anywhere! | Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem – BBC

Stoffle, the Badger that can escape from anywhere! | Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem – BBC

After Stoffle’s severe mauling by the lions,
Brian knew that he had to get his badger under control. His solution was a brand new pen. And, the introduction of Hammy, to help him
work off steam. Far from settling down though, the canoodling
couple soon prove that honey badgers are not just fearless, but astonishingly clever. We started off with the mesh-type fence. But, it didn’t work. Stoffle soon devised a plan for opening up
the gate, which has got two bolts. He would get the female to go up. He would go up, open the first gate. He’d hold the gate and say ‘woman, get up,
I’m pulling open, you open up.’ She goes up to the top, she pulls the second
one out. And then he pulls it open, he waits for her
to get down and they escape together. The escape was no fluke. Considering their small size, honey badgers
have remarkably big brains. Their intelligence is just beyond anything. Whatever Brian did to keep him in, Stoffle
was hell-bent on getting out. In the end, and a great expense, Brian had
no choice but to build his own badger Alcatraz. Mr. Stottle, the days of your escape are over
buddy. That night, they called me ‘Brian, Stoffle’s
out.’ I said ‘impossible!’ But we had trees in here, and he climbed up
the trees, leaned over onto the wall and he was out. So, we cut all the branches out of the trees
in here and left the trees in the middle. Then, he dug up the rocks. He’d rolled them with his back feet to the wall,
and neatly piled them up high enough. And then he’d get out, so we took all the
rocks away. This is like a game for Stoffle. Every time I’d devise some plan, it was like
a game for him to work out how could he get over this? 1’o’clock in the morning, my wife
wakes me up ‘Brian! Brian! Someone’s in the house.’ She said ‘ I heard a window break.’ So we freeze. ‘Oh my!’ Expecting burglars. There’s Stoffle at my bedroom door, trying
to get through the bedroom door. He’d made himself a mud ball and he’d patted
to make it bigger. And he rolled it and he stands on it and he
just got out like that. People have said, ‘Oh, did you train it?’ I said ‘Train it? Not at all!’ Didn’t even think of it. He outwitted us each time, with his skills. Stoffle! I remember one day, keeper left a rake in
Stoffle’s enclosure and he scratched himself, lies on his side, he’s thinking. Computers working. Take the rake, put it on his back, put it
against the wall. Climb out and off he go. Stoffle! I mean, you won’t believe these stories. You’d think it’s a hoax. It’s not a hoax! That is Stoffle.

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  1. Amazing animals. Wow. So smart. I can’t believe he got out of all that. And powerful too. I wouldn’t want to mess with one no matter how big I am.

  2. Here is my suggestion friends: have the top of the wall extended up and inward into the enclosure so they don’t have a ledge to grab on to. Or perhaps a net over the whole habitat so he can’t jump the wall. And maybe routinely buy new toys to soak up his attention.
    Any other suggestions should be stated in the comments section. I’m all ears.

  3. When Stoffle lifted that branch in place to climb out, I lost my shxt!

    Who will win?
    A Chad park ranger
    1 crafty boi?

  4. 'They have very big brains… let's put them in a cage'. Clearly intelligent enough to choose not to be there. As human beings, our rights and choices have been established on the basis of our intelligence yes? Very sad. If you saw a person exhaustively trying to escape prison like this it wouldn't be documented like comic relief, would it.

  5. Loved how resourceful and clever these creatures are.
    If any animal can rise up against humans, that is this species and not apes.

  6. It's all fun and games, until he unites the animals against you in a slave rebellion, and they drag you out into the middle of the enclosure, where stoffle gives a 9 minute speech about freedom before he eats your throat.

  7. Unfortunately Stoffle was finally apprehended in Aspen with lockpicks and that guy’s credit card and is pulling a nickel in Pelican Bay for wire fraud and public nudity.

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