Honey is considered to be the oldest treat of mankind. Following the legacies of former graffiti artists, clever honey hunters collected the "food of the gods" more than 9,000 years ago. But who would have thought that some indigenous people also used the extraordinary abilities of other earth dwellers? And reprogrammed a symbiosis that originally served to interact with two distant animal species?

Crime scene Africa: A small bird spotted a badger-like animal in the savannah and raised the alarm. The "bee traitor cuckoo" does not want to warn anyone, but rather draws the attention of the strong four-legged friend with his shouting. The honey canopy or ratchet is supposed to follow him, and that is to the next bee's nest, which the nimble aviator has found with his sense of smell. Tail-shaking and stumbling, the honey indicator shows its unequal eating partner the way, which in turn makes short process at the destination of the trip. A honey canopy breaks up beehives like nothing and eats itself unrestrainedly at honeycombs.

The furious attacks of the bees fizzle out in the dense fur. His pilot waits so long and, at the end, when the battle is over, picks up his finder's wage by destroying the remains of the smashed honey castle. Surprisingly, and thanks to special digestive enzymes, he does not despise the wax either. It is not clear when and how exactly the first people used this spectacular neighbourhood aid for themselves. The fact is that the feathered treats eventually came from the badger to the human being and from then on also the strange two-legged animals led to honey and gluttony. The irony of fate is that it has found two species that, from birth, are cunning masters in the struggle for survival.

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