The Spotted Hyenas have really grown comfortable in their new enclosure. They all know the perfect spots to lounge in and fall asleep, and also, those places perfect to kind of hide from visitors Always a good place for them to have.
Here, the grass is still rather vibrantly green, and this one was kind of in between sleep and awake. He'd try and lay down his head a few times, but every time, something would pique his interest and he'd get distracted again.
I love these mid-yawn kind of photos - those scrunchy faces and tongues are a lot more fun with animals than people
Species: Spotted or Laughing Hyena (Gevlekte of lachende hyena)
Latin name: Crocuta Crocuta
Originates from Africa.
Current status: Least Concern
Did you know:
…The female Spotted Hyena has a pseudo-penis, making it hard to determine by looking at it whether it’s a male or female.
…It is the only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening.
…It counts as the most social of the Carnivora, meaning that it has the largest group sizes and most complex social behaviors, with a matriarchal hierarchy.
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Nice lad anyway. Or perhaps lass, who knows?
You're right, this is a really funny face (from a safe distance)!
Haha, can't tell like this if it's a lassie or lad But one thing's for sure, he/she's pretty awesome
You could say he took a bite or sniff of something disgusting
and is saying YUK!
Especially when she thought she'd get a good lick in and instead, got a mouth full of fluff from my sweater or blanket
It looks like you've caught one laughing at just the right moment.
Sometimes I feel like the feminists should adopt the hyenas as their spirit animal. They form a complex and highly social group with a matriarchy where even the lowest of females still rank higher than the male. But I guess the pseudo-penis drives a lot of people off! (That, or they don't want to be associated with the crazy hyenas in Disney's "the Lion King". )
I think media has a huge impact on how we view certain things - especially nature, and animals. When an animal has been portrayed as the bad guy, immoral or disgusting, it tends to stick with people - no matter if that view is actually wrong.
Personally I do think Hyenas are underrated; seeing the family they have here, you can't not be taken in by those big, soulful eyes They just seem so sweet! Of course they can be a bit agressive, but it must be so surprising to a lot of people to hear how their hierarchy system works. Not many people are aware of the high stature of females, kind of like with African Wild Dogs, too.
I doubt a lot of people know about the pseudo-penis When you look at them, it can be hard to miss, but I've noticed most people don't bother to look all that close
I agree with you, hyenas are completely under-rated. In fact, a lot of animals are under-rated because of exactly what you are talking about. We have a lot of preconceived notions about certain animals because of the lore and history that surround them - which may or may not be true. And it's usually the bad ones that stick with people. (I mean, just look at the poor vultures... The Tibetans believe vultures are messengers from the Gods what will come to take the soul of the deceased into the afterlife. And we are stuck with the mental image of these birds being macabre scavengers that throw up everywhere... )
The rise of the Internet has given some "animal facts" a lot of coverage, for better or worse. The hyena's pseudo-penis happens to be one of those things people like to repeat time and again as if everyone should try to take a peek behind the lady hyena's legs. I don't understand what the fascination is all about. There are a lot of better things to learn in the world!
This hyena is yawning, which reminds me of sleeping, and Sands of Time reminded me of the little sandman who trickles sleep dust in your eyes. Hence the title