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 Post subject: Re: why don't people love spotted hyenas?
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annie R -- we'll be staying at Urikaruus next week and we are sooo happy the hyena are back at that den :dance:
Looking forward of hours of hyena enjoyment :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?
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To answer your topic question.
Because they are stupid and do not know what beauty nature can lay in an animal they conciser inferior. :slap: :slap:


I agree very much with what you are saying BB. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?
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I find Hyenas very fascinating and can sit and watch them for quite a while, when they arent rushing off somewhere. When they are on the move, sometimes I like to try and see where they are headed to. We have found lions before just by following hyenas.

And what is better than lying in bed at night listening to them whooping. :D

Have you seen the documentary 'Hyena Queen'? Very interesting :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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I am actually the only person I know off that list the Hyeana as their fav animal - they are that beautifull to me!!


Oh I'm with you there!! To me they're the most fascinating animals out there and I wish there were more information about them.

We spent 3 weeks in Kruger (I was with Jackalberry) and saw so many hyenas, each sighting more beautiful and interesting than the other.

A couple of pictures I took (and hoping that it works with the links!):

outside of Talamati
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on the tarred road just before the t-junction to Shimuwini
there's a den with lots and lots of pups waiting for cars to pass by ;)
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this buddy patrols the Satara fence every night and I waited for him to be only a couple of meters away from me and took this picture. My heart rate was over the roof, it was such an exciting and indescribable moment.
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near the sweni dam. he was on his way to a kill with 3 other hyenas joining him.
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near Afsal where someone here on the forum already saw pups at a den! this time only one with a pup that was probably only a couple of days old.
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and lastly the most wonderful moment - on our way from Skukuza to Pretoriuskop (S1/S3 junction) there's a den with 3 pups! I could have watched them for hours, they were so playful and curious!
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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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thanks for loving these very interesting animals, for me too they are magnificent :dance:
and you say that better than me

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 Post subject: Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?
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Bush Baptist wrote:
:hmz: I am tempted to say just be thankful that the majority are racing around looking for lions and leave you in peace to enjoy what you like. :thumbs_up:

:thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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What lovely hyaena pictures, hyena_spot :thumbs_up:

The portraits are magnificent :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: why do people pass hyenas without stopping?
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We were at Kruger in August and we spent hours watching a den of spotties just south of Afsaal where there were quite a few cubs of different sizes.


Hello, annie R!

My boss saw the bunch end September, and it seems there are 3 generations of pups hanging around there! Very unusual! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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Hi all!

I've read through the whole thread now to see if there is an answer / confirmation on what I read about hyenas bathing. I only found the same question posed by Eagle Owl some time ago, but no reply to it. So, here it goes:

Is it correct that hyenas like to take a bath after a meal as it helps them to digest the food and also, because they produce lots of energy while eating (and eating large amounts resulting in producing lots of energy) and need to cool down?

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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:03 pm 
Hello, Lionspoon!

(Good to see someone does their homework! :thumbs_up: )

All I know is spotted hyena often stash their food in water for later consumption.

Have also seen them relaxing in ARTIFICIAL waterholes in the heat.

Hope that helps!


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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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Richprins wrote:
(Good to see someone does their homework!)
:lol: Something you're not spoilt with, hey. But I feel you... :roll:

Okay, you know where I come from talking about the cams, and that's where we were wondering about why the hyenas keep bathing at Satara and now at Orpen as well. I had read it up some time ago and all I could find was what I posted on the previous page. I knew about their food being stashed in water sometimes to prevent other hyenas of taking it away. But those we saw on the cams definitely didn't have any food on them. Well, not lately. There was one occasion where you could actually see a hyena 'washing' its prey.

Long post made short, I still would like to know if it's true that hyena want to help their digestion and to cool down their body temp which they supposingly produced while eating.

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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:05 pm 
Hey!

I'm not talking about the cams specifically at all!

You cammers are a little weird... :lol:

Have seen them dipping at many troughs far away from cams! :thumbs_up:

That's all I know!


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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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Hi Lionspoon & RP,

I've just been reading up on Hyena behaviour in vol. 1 of The Handbook of Mammals of the World. (carnivores)

It mentions that Hyenas often cache their food under water, as well as in thick scrub, and that they lie in water on hot days to keep cool. I could find no reference to them lying in water to keep cool due to heat generated by their digestion, (but that's not to say that this is not the reason they do this).

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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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Richprins wrote:
I'm not talking about the cams specifically at all! You cammers are a little weird...
I know (both of it...), but you can't argue that both Satara and Orpen sport artifical waterholes. :wink:


Barcud, I tried to do some more research on the net, but I didn't find much and the source I found might be pretty inaccurate. :? Maybe it's indeed as simple as cooling down at hot days, as RP said as well. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Hyaena, Spotted
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This hyena was spotted with her 2 cubs, however she was severely injured and could barely walk.This clan of hyenas also had an extremely close encounter with another Hyena closing in on the Cubs. Due to her injuries, the female merely urinated on the floor to mark her territory in an attempt to chase away the other Hyena.

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