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ThinusB's Strange animal Behaviour sightings. KNP, May '06

Unread postby Thinusb » Mon May 22, 2006 3:24 pm

I was once on a night drive when a Hyena stood in water of a drinking hole, now I see there's pictures on the Webcams of this happening aswell!

Can anyone tell me why does an Hyena do this? are they maybe catching fish or what?

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon May 22, 2006 3:32 pm

As far as I know they don't fish.

They just love a bath....
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Unread postby Nico » Mon May 22, 2006 3:39 pm

Something to do with after they had eaten to much meat and a very big stomach, to cool of, to drop down the blood pressure and it gives the hyena a pleasant feeling because the stomach is not that heavy in the water. :wink:
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Unread postby Penny » Mon May 22, 2006 5:05 pm

A number of years ago we watched a hyaena "store" an impala carcass - we do not know whether it was killed or scavenged in the middle of one of the man-made waterholes and return to eat it - in the water - several days in a row.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Tue May 23, 2006 12:17 am

One hot lowveld night about two years ago, we were having a braai (barbecue) in our boma. The next moment we heard some plashing coming from the little waterhole about 10 meters outside the boma.

On closer inspection, it was a spotted hyena who decided that it was just too hot for his taste! He kept us company for about an hour, just lying in the water. I had to chase it away, when we decided that we needed to go in to our house!

Hyena love water!
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Unread postby DavenJan » Tue May 23, 2006 1:04 pm

This talk of Hyenas and water brought to mind the following
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we saw on the S3 over new year. We thought it was only drinking, but on closer examination ( it is clearer on our video) it was also urinating at the same time. Maybe marking its teritory, or perhaps fouling the water for anyone else? [/img]
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Unread postby Jumbo » Tue May 23, 2006 1:33 pm

Imberbe wrote:On closer inspection, it was a spotted hyena who decided that it was just too hot for his taste! He kept us company for about an hour, just lying in the water. I had to chase it away, when we decided that we needed to go in to our house! :wink:


:lol: What an experience Imberbe! 8)
{Might this house be in the same area as my bush house….quite a number of forumites in that area} :wink:

I cannot remember where I read it, but apparently they do also store meat in the water to keep it away from vultures etc. This apparently also contributes to the spread of anthrax in dryer times.

We saw these hyenas between Olifants and Letaba.

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Unread postby Thinusb » Tue May 23, 2006 3:50 pm

WOW Jumbo! that's some great pics man!

I also heard something about the food being stored under water but some people also said they're taking a bath and some even said they're hiding from threats such as Lions etc. but that really does't make sense to me cause Lions also have been seen going into water!!

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed May 24, 2006 12:06 am

Thinusb wrote:WOW Jumbo! that's some great pics man!

I also heard something about the food being stored under water but some people also said they're taking a bath and some even said they're hiding from threats such as Lions etc. but that really does't make sense to me cause Lions also have been seen going into water!!


Water would actually be an excellent hiding place for something like a carcass, since it would hide the smell!


And yes Jumbo - I think we call the same place home!
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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed May 24, 2006 12:21 am

DuQues wrote:As far as I know they don't fish.

They just love a bath....


About 10% of the diet of hyena (in the KNP)concists of fish! :wink:
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Unread postby Jumbo » Wed May 24, 2006 8:17 am

Imberbe wrote:
DuQues wrote:As far as I know they don't fish.

They just love a bath....


About 10% of the diet of hyena (in the KNP)concists of fish! :wink:


Now this is very interesting and something I really did not know…!!! :shock:


And yes Jumbo - I think we call the same place home!
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Maybe we should create yet another new organization…The Yellow Ribbon Owners Association?
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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed May 24, 2006 8:44 am

:D Hyena has the most varied diet of all the carnivores - they will eat anything! I think the fish they eat are usually opportunistic catches such as in times of drought when the pans start drying up.

Jumbo, the only problem I have with my home is that it is 500km from my work!
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Unread postby Jumbo » Wed May 24, 2006 1:38 pm

Imberbe wrote: :D Hyena has the most varied diet of all the carnivores - they will eat anything!


That is very interesting Imberbe.
I don’t know why, but I always thought leopards has the most varied diet of the carnivores….eating everything from insects, reptiles, baboons and even hyenas….but I suppose their diet is the most varied of the felines.

Jumbo, the only problem I have with my home is that it is 500km from my work! :cry:

If I listen to the traffic reports of the chaos on the roads in JHB/PTA, I think it might take you the same time to get to work from Marloth, as when you travel between PTA & JHB. :wink:

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Unread postby Penny » Wed May 24, 2006 2:23 pm

I once heard of a leopard that found itself stranded on an island somewhere in a huge body of water which if I remember correctly was Karriba and thisleopard existed on a diet that consisted solely of fish.

This also brings to mind some classic footage on Veldfocus when after extensive rains a dry period brought about the demise of many catfish in small ponds and a leopard was filmed entering the water catching the barbel one at a time and carefully placing them in a row on the causeway before going back for the next. One presumes that these would all be consumed at a later stage.

We witnessed the same sort of behavour with a Wahlberg's eagle catching bats as they emerged at dusk and lining his victims up on a branch of a tree at the end of the bridge before going back for the next one!
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Unread postby Imberbe » Thu May 25, 2006 12:18 pm

That is very interesting Imberbe.
I don’t know why, but I always thought leopards has the most varied diet of the carnivores….eating everything from insects, reptiles, baboons and even hyenas….but I suppose their diet is the most varied of the felines.




You are quite correct, leopard is just as well known for the large variety in their diet! I think it would be pointless exercise to try and decide which one is the champ! :roll:

I think the main difference lies in the big game! Hyena are quite capable to catch big animals, especially when hunting in a pack. Leopard do not really catch anything much bigger than themselves. This is not because they are not able, but because they risk injuring themselves which could mean death, and because they do not hunt in packs!
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