A group of geneticists at the prestigious Walker Count Elfroy Genetics Research facility in Tinshyer, Scotland have been inundated with emails and phone calls over the past few weeks with inquiries regarding their study on Mellivora capensis, commonly known as the Honey Badger. A recent video on Youtube about the mustelid has created skyrocketing interest in the animal. The video, narrated by the online personality Randall, sprinkles facts throughout an otherwise comical commentary on the Honey Badger. Views on the video have surpassed 12 million and there doesn’t seem to be any slowdown in its popularity.
“I’ve seen it,” Dr. Wesley Kind said in a recent telephone interview when asked if he had the opportunity to watch the video. “It’s fairly accurate. The Mellivora capensis is a particularly vicious and fearless species.” Kind’s comments are particularly flattering since he is the team lead in the WCEGR study.
When asked if he could confirm the most famous takeaway line from the video, “Honey Badger don’t give a shit,” Kind chuckled. “I can confirm that it is absolutely true. They do not give a shit. In fact, we’ve isolated the gene that gives them that particular trait. We had been calling it Gene 237, but since the video we’ve taken to calling it the “Don’t Give a Shit Gene.”
Kind and his group have been working with the Welsh military to develop a drug that will help reduce anxiety among members of the Royal Welsh Marine Corps. “They are a skittish bunch,” Kind said. “The Honey Badger research has given us great hope that we can put some starch in their spines once and for all. If it proves successful, you may see Honey Badger soldiers popping up in militaries across the globe.”