Black-and-White Soccer Fan Has a Ball

honey badger benzyA 6-year-old honey badger at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park shows her enthusiasm for the World Cup by playing with a favorite toy, a soccer ball. The badger, named Benzy, pounced on the ball until her enthusiasm overwhelmed the sphere and it popped. The soccer ball shaped pinata she turned her attention to withstood her enthusiastic play for a little longer as she was able to dig inside it.

Animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park routinely give a variety of enrichment items to animal species that would normally show play behaviors in the wild allowing them to choose items for which they have particular interest. Honey badgers, also known as ratels, are an omnivorous species that explore and show a great deal of curiosity during foraging in their native African habitat.

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