The Hyena

14th September 2020

Here are some amazing and fun facts about Hyenas! 

Female spotted hyenas are dominant over the males.

Spotted hyena cubs are born with their eyes open!

Hyenas can go for several days without water.

In one feeding frenzy, a spotted hyena can eat up to one third of its body weight.

They are born with fully erupted teeth.

Hyenas are not members of the dog or cat families. Instead, they are so unique that they have a family all their own, Hyaenidae.

There are four members of the Hyaenidae family: the striped hyena, the “giggly” spotted hyena, the brown hyena, and the aardwolf (it’s a hyena, not a wolf).

Hyenas are notorious as scavengers however spotted Hyenas are extremely successful hunters killing about 90 of their own food.

A spotted hyena’s jaws are the strongest of any mammal. They can exert 40% more bite force than a leopard and are able to crack open the femur of a giraffe.

A spotted hyena’s heart is twice the weight of a lion’s, in proportion to its body mass. This gives it enough stamina to pursue its prey for up to 5 km.

The Maasai people of East Africa traditionally left out their dead to be consumed by spotted hyenas.ant over the males.

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