a visual switch

Why all that long, white hair on Tommy T’s back?  That’s a big question about a little cub!

The short answer, Adaptations.

The longer answer, scientists believe that this adaptation evolved to help cubs survive.  One thought is that this mantle of fur from the middle of a cub’s head all the way down its back to its tail gives the impression of another animal which lives in its same habitat, the Honey Badger.  And, nobody wants to mess with a Honey Badger.  So, this visual switch, mimicry is the scientific term, gives the cubs a ‘fighting chance’ in the wild by communicating to a would-be predator, “Stay Away!”