The giant ratel or giant honey badger is a cryptid reported from Central and East Africa. Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that there are a number of sightings of giant ratels on record, and that giant black ratels could explain the too and some sightings of the Nandi bear.
French hunter F. Edmond-Blanc claimed to have seen one during a 1932 expedition to Ubangi-Shari (now the Central African Republic):
Ratels have a large size range, so "giant" ratels could simply be very old male specimens of the regular ratel (Mellivora ratel). However, if they do represent a distinct species or subspecies, Heuvelmans suggested the name Mellivora ratel maxima.
The Nandi bear, some sightings of which may have been misidentifications of giant black ratels.