Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)

The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), also known as the laughing hyena, is a species of hyena, currently classed as the sole member of the genus Crocuta, native to Sub-Saharan Africa. The spotted hyena is the most social of the Carnivora in that it has the largest group sizes and most complex social behaviors. It is primarily a hunter but may also scavenge, with the capacity to eat and digest skin, bone and other animal waste.

They prefer prey with a body mass range of 56–182 kg (123–401 lb), with a mode of 102 kg (225 lb). They hunt in groups, the numbers in these groups varies according to the prey’s size (up to 25 – typical zebra hunting groups consist of 10–25 hyenas).

The species has a largely negative reputation in both Western culture and African folklore. In the former, the species is mostly regarded as ugly and cowardly, while in the latter, it is viewed as greedy, gluttonous, stupid, and foolish, yet powerful and potentially dangerous. In fact, these reputations are unjust, since they are highly social and amazing hunters. Photo: wikipedia

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