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Re: Hyena Scare

Unread postby Spinnekop » Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:39 pm

RE Lower Sabie, we stayed in a safari tent for 3 nights and there was also a hyena that ransacked the dustbins at night. The safari tents have open air bathrooms and one night i stumbled to the toilet and as i stood up i looked right at the hyena standing outside our safari tent!!!! It was all very exciting to me! i waited for him every night with my flash light but he was allways too fast!

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Safrica » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:51 pm

We had a great Hyena experience on our last trip in June... Driving towards Sable Hide at late evening...

In the distance I see an undefinable shape walking along the road. As we get closer I realize the distinctive movement which can only belong to a Hyena! It is a younger one and walking in our direction.
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We drive closer and stop the car. The hyena sniffs at us and curiously comes closer. It steps right next to my window which makes me closing it rather quickly… :tongue: :roll:
It puts his head down and sniffs at our tyres. Then something attached to our side mirror gained the attention of the young Hyena… our yellow ribbon! It pulls the YR and starts chewing on it! Then our ribbon is ripped off and falls on the street!

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The hyena has it`s head down right next to my door and we can`t see what it is doing as we can only see the back of it – it`s too close to our car!
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Then the Hyena notices the little wire our YR was tied around and starts to chew that – with it`s head literally right at my window!!
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A little later we move a bit forward and notice that our yellow ribbon is gone! It vanished into the Hyena… - unbelievable! We are absolutely amazed by this encounter and can`t believe what happened!
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:23 pm

hahaha :lol:
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:36 am

Yet another sad looking Hyaena, but this looks more natural. I photographed this chap yesterday on my way up to Mopani. Looks like he came out second best in a fight.

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:44 am

Sprocky, the wound doesn't look that fresh - appears it is healing. But looks a bit infected though. The right eye - is it gone or just filled with gunge? Poor thing. :(
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby oddesy » Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:26 am

:( that does not look too good, lets hope it can heal without causing an infection, that close to the brain would not end well :?
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Re: Hyena Scare

Unread postby bishop3006 » Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:19 pm

Man-eating hyaenas...

I've never seen anything about hyenas specialising in man-eating after having tasted human flesh, but I've seen lots about hyaena taking human flesh.

In rural, wild Africa it is not too uncommon to see people with disfigured faces, or limping, with severe wounds to the feet or lower legs.
If you were to ask the question is invariably mphisi!

They don't necessarily go for the human, but they take the opportunity to get hold of a piece of meat.
If that piece still happens to be attached to a human, that's too bad, they take it anyway.

They may be afraid of humans like all wild animals, but when it is dark and everything is quiet they sneak into camp, and grab whatever they can.
Especially in the later parts of the night when the fires have burnt down, is the chances bigger that they'll try than when it is still early and the fires are burning high.
But also, when they've become too accustomed to humans, and some of the fear has gone (there's a big difference between 1800's and 1900's meetings with humans, who would have been mostly hunters that shoot and current humans, that are campers and don't even have firearms, let alone the will or inclination to shoot!) they may be bolder and actually come in earlier.
Why not? Nothing to be afraid of.
But they're also clever enough to know that they shouldn't be doing that, so it is a hit-and-run type situation.

Over the years many a hunter/camper/explorer have awoke to find that a hyaena had been in camp, and took something, or more than one something.
Knives with rawhide handles chewed the handle off.
Old-style rawhide thong camp chairs. Leather boots. Leather hats. Skins.
And of course meat, be it fresh, biltong, whatever.

As for groups?
Yes, the hyaena is a group animal, but it is not uncommon to see them off ranging alone, or in group of two/three.
And the prey tackled when they hunt will also depend on the group size.
Small groups = small prey.
Big groups, anything up to buffalo is possible.
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Re: Wild Dogs

Unread postby marissa » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:30 pm

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Took it from lions.
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby ice » Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:57 pm

skywalker2251 wrote:There are currently hyena dens on the H6, about 9.0 km east of the tar road to Satara, and on the H7, just west of the road to Satara.


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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby ice » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:50 pm

another question:

according to Smithers' "Mammals of Southern Africa" there are dominance hierarchies among females as well as among males...the latter was disputed during a night drive I recently took at Satara, the guide argueing that males do not have any hierarchies...however, I tend to believe Smithers - correct?

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby BDCF » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:03 pm

All you Hyaena lovers (me too) may find this old article about the University of California at Berkeley's hyaena colony interesting. It is still flourishing today and is still used for study. Other articles have noted that when raised in captivity, the hyaenas at Berkeley are not only intelligent animals but friendly, loving and playful with humans.

http://berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/199 ... hyena.html
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby africawildlife.nl » Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:42 pm

We have filmed this movie in 2008 in South Luangwa, Zambia. However, I could not hold it back for you guys!

A hyena is trying to steal an impala carcass from a tree. A young elephant bull really gets nervous over the hyena. Does the hyena succeed? Don't forget to turn your sound on and listen to the power of its teeth!

I hope, you´ll enjoy it!!!

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby africawildlife.nl » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:12 am

Pumbaa wrote:Thanks africawildlife :thumbs_up:

Enjoyed it very much :clap: :clap: :clap:



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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby JenB » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:13 pm

We met this one on the Biyamiti loop. Highly pregnant and badly roughed up. I could not resist a few mugshots.

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Decoding the Hyena's laugh

Unread postby Melrockson » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:55 am

Hi lovely forumites :D

I thought some of you may be interested in this article that I found today... they believe they have decoded the hyena's "laughs and giggles".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_ne ... 593789.stm

Enjoy! :thumbs_up:


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