Sunday, August 29, 2010

ABC Wednesday: H is for Hyena

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Things everybody knows about spotted Hyenas: they are scavengers who don't hunt for themselves, they are cowards and they laugh. One of those things is true.
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Spotted hyneas do make a weird laughing sound that is audible for miles, the other species don't. As for the rest of the things everybody knows: hyenas are good hunters and will even take on lions when it comes to a fight over food. They do take leftovers from other predators and they can crack and digest even big bones. They will also spot vultures landing somewhere and follow them.
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Spotted hyenas live in huge groups of up to 80 individuals that are led by females. They are very social and know each other well, they also work together to solve problems and will teach others how to do it.
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This is a Brown Hyena, the rarest of all Hyena species. They mostly are scavengers and are aggressive enough to challenge leopards for their kill. In German, they are sometimes called Strandwolf, beach wolf, because they live in costal areas and will prey on seal cubs there.
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Their clans are much smaller than those of the spotted Hyena, usually two adult with their offspring. If there are more than one litter in the group, every member will take food back to the young. Here's a photo of a puppy - absolutely adorable.

All pictures were taken at Tierpark Berlin, one of the very few zoos to keep both species.

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20 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Really interesting post for the H Day! I wasn't aware of the Brown Hyena! I always like to learn something new! Great captures! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

I enjoyed this informative post!

Mara said...

That puppy was so cute. You could be mistaken for thinking it was an ordinary dog.

Leo said...

another very informative Wednesday :) lovely photos and the post was educative! thanks for sharing!

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Manang Kim said...

Is this the look of a Hyena seems like it's scary looking fellow. A great shot too! Happy Wednesday!
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Gramma Ann said...

What a great post for H day. I enjoyed learning about the Hyena. I don't think I would want to meet one on the beach though.

Carver said...

This was a great post about hyenas. Very interesting information and wonderful photos.

Julie said...

They get bad press, the hyena, don't they. But they may be coming into their own with that modern looking hairdo 'mess'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheryl said...

I had no idea there were so many species of hyenas. Thanks for the lesson and the great photos.

Tumblewords: said...

Ah, so very interesting. Excellent photos...

Kay L. Davies said...

I knew hyenas weren't cowards, but taking on a lion, wow! Thanks for linking to the puppy picture, too, it is too cute!
Kay
Alberta, Canada

photowannabe said...

On our trip to Kenya, Africa we would hear hyenas all night long. We were advised to not go out at night while we were in the bush, because of them.

Roger Owen Green said...

so they're not cowards, just lazy!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Carol said...

Very interesting and informative. They look so cuddly, but I suspect that's a case of looks being deceiving.

Wanda said...

The Brown-Hyena is really better looking than the spotted ones. Don't say anything...I don't want to hurt any feelings.

I love your ABC and I learn so much each week.

Leslie: said...

Great educational post about an animal that most people make fun of. Thanks for sharing your great photos, too. :D

Lily Hydrangea said...

wow! very interesting. & that puppy is adorable. I never knew anything about Hyenas before I visited here.
Thanks for sharing Jedediah!

Wendy said...

I have nightmares about Hyena's...Partly because of the "Lion King" lol...although they were pretty comical in that movie, but they are vicious. I do like they're ruled by females, so they're not totally stupid ;)

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Well I knew virtually nothing about hyenas before but I know more now thanks.

gel said...

Utterly fascinating. I enjoy learning and "unlearning" wrong info. Super photos and info.