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Photo taken in August, 2016 @ ZieZoo Volkel, The Netherlands

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 :lol:

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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Alari-the-werewolf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of people think Hyenas are more canine but they're actually more closely related to felines than canines, or so I've heard. Great shot and beautiful Hyena!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow, I did know they're not as close to canine and we tend to think, but the connection to felines is an interesting one. I'm coming to keep an eye out on any similarities, next time I visit ;)

Thank you :D
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HoremWeb Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017   Photographer
Teeth. They have them. Lots of them.
Nice lad anyway. Or perhaps lass, who knows? :D
You're right, this is a  really funny face (from a safe distance)! :D
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
The teeth make them look so fiersome :D
Haha, can't tell like this if it's a lassie or lad :giggle: But one thing's for sure, he/she's pretty awesome :D
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha This is such a great capture I love it! Instead of the yawn
You could say he took a bite or sniff of something disgusting 
and is saying YUK! :laughing:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, yeah, now that you mention, I've seen my cat pull that face a few times :giggle:
Especially when she thought she'd get a good lick in and instead, got a mouth full of fluff from my sweater or blanket :rofl:
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
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Darth-Marlan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Professional Photographer
Funny pic :D
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, the weird moments really do it for me ;)
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Darth-Marlan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Professional Photographer
:D
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LewiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh...wow, "It" looks very dangerous!! :angry:  :clap:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
They really can be :nod: Most of them have scars on their shoulders, but when they're lounging like this, yawning and on the brink of lying down for a nap... It's hard to see them as the carnivores they are :)
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LewiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just natural :nod:

When they sleep, they look peaceful.

Untitled by LewiARTs

The human is also a predator :-(
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Talking about a "laughing hyena"! :XD:
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". :shrug:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, it does kind of look like that :giggle: Though they were laughing a little before that, it seemed as if they'd gotten tired and he's actually yawning :lol:

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 :heart: 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 :hmm: 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 :shrug:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... yawning, laughing... they can look pretty similar after all. Especially if it's just a snap shot from a photograph, right? ;) 

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! :nod:
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Great shot of my mother-in-law. Kudos!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, good one :lol:
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. Good photo, too.
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Amelia411 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
Why is the deviation called Sands of Time?  That does not have anything to do with hyenas!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Over the past 5 years, I've submitted so many photos that it's gotten pretty difficult to think of new, original titles for photos. These days, I browse through music artists' discography and when I come across something that fits, I go with that.
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 :)
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