Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Ratel, either of the two species of Mellivora, small bear-like Carnivores from India and Africa. The Cape Ratel (M. capensis), grey above and black beneath, is about the size of a badger. It feeds principally on bees and honey. The Indian species (M. indica), which Blanford considers doubtfully distinct, is said to disinter and feed on dead bodies. Both forms are easily tamed, and their habit of tumbling head over heels in captivity is very amusing.