January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Ratel, or Honey Badger, an animal native to India and Africa that in appearance and habits resembles its relative the badger. A ratel grows to three feet (90 cm) in length, including a six-inch (15-cm) tail. The animal has a thickset body, short, powerful legs, and strong claws. It is gray above and black below. The ratel usually hunts by night and sleeps in a burrow or rock crevice by day. It eats insect larvae, birds, frogs, and other small animals. It is a fierce and fearless fighter, and gives off a foul odor when threatened.


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