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Animal Hall of Fame: Meanest

Here are some animals you don't want to upset. Since many animals could claim the title "meanest," this list is subjective rather than authoritative.

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Land mammal

The ratel, or honey badger, is one of the fiercest, most predatory animals on the planet. They prey upon many animals, including scorpions, porcupines, tortoises, crocodiles, and snakes. Attracted to honey, they also ravage beehives. Healthy ratels have no predators; their viciousness and loose skin, which make them difficult to grip, keep other animals at a distance.

Next: Marine Mammal


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