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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 Tom124 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:27 pm

:big_eyes:

Very lucky..... I will tie hundreds of yellow ribbons to my car when next in KNP. Hopefully that'll attract a dozen or so hyaena
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Malealea » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:30 pm

@Imberbe

This studies are very intresting. But why does the behavior of the Hayenas in KNP and KTP differ? and my next question will be, what will happen when we put a Hayena from KNP to KTP fierstly, does the Hayena survive? and does he/she adop to the other behavior. In other does the Hayena abandon there cups earlier( we are talking about a Hayena which was born in KNP and then put (the reason doesn´t really matter!) to KTP)? does the behavior change?

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby deefstes » Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:41 pm

We made this sad discovery over the weekend while we were staying at Pafuri Camp in the Makuleke concession, a Spotted Hyena that had died with a snare around its throat. It pains me to think how it must have died as it probably prevented him from swallowing and he eventually died from starvation.

We found the carcass very near the Limpopo floodplain, only a chip and a put from the Zimbabwean border.

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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:57 pm

Very Sad to see Deefstes! Seen a number of Snared Animals in Kruger, and thats only the ones that were able to break free...sa to think what goes on in there! :evil:
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby africawildlife.nl » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:59 pm

Such a horrible sighing Deefstes. Very sad...
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Re: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Malealea » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:18 pm

yep that is really sad!!!
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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: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:02 pm

Sad looking Hyeana that! Some serious injuries! :shock:
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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: Hyaena, Spotted

Unread postby skywalker2251 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:04 pm

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: Wild Dogs

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

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Took it from lions.
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