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Spotted Hyena

These guys are always kind of ominous looking – like they are just waiting to kill something.  The way they walk, with their heads hanging down, their huge paws, and just their overall demeanor add to this feeling.  The spotted hyena is the largest of the three hyenas found in Africa.  Surprisingly, although they certainly look like some kind of dog, they are actually a closer relation to the cat family!  This specimen was just walking up a paved road when we first saw him.  He didn’t pay much attention to us as he walked on by – maybe not so fearsome after all?

Doesn't look like he laughs much....

6 responses

  1. Wow! Really cool! It most of been awesome to see this.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    • They are cool animals even if they are notorious scavengers.

      January 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

  2. Great capture! But I must sy, that is one mean looking hyena though!

    January 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    • Thanks Gracie, The hyena we saw were all very mellow but you can certainly sense their potential for mischief

      January 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

  3. Nice photo, but not my favourite animals! Having had a pack of hyenas sniffing and bumping against our tent “cabin” one time has made me appreciate my role in the food chain – at least in the wilds.

    January 11, 2012 at 3:33 am

    • Lisa,
      Its probably not a good feeling to think you may be the hunted vs the hunter!

      January 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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