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And the Answer!! (Coming Soon)
So heres the way to look at it..............As before we can see it has a heel pad, and four toes.....This points us towards a predator of sorts.
Now we have to distinguish whether it is the spoor of a cat, or of a dog!
If we look at the heel-pad, we can see that it is kidney shaped, and bi-lobed!
The bi-lobed part should immediately rule cats out of your mind!...
You then try the X rule(Described in the first insert)........As you can see, the yellow X cuts through the toes, and this rules out a dog spoor.
We have illiminated both True Dog and True Cat spoors......Which leaves us with all the Suborders found within the Orders Caniformia and Feliformia!
As we can see by the light blue shape, the toes are not round at all, but curved.....This hand in hand with the Green marks, show how closely together the toes are.(A cats toes, were round, with large gaps, and a Dogs toes were elongated with smaller gaps).
Now looking at the heel pad, we see it is somewhat Kidney shaped at the bottom,(The black line is on the lower most lobe, which ever side the lower lobe is, in these animals and many others, is the side of the paw we are looking at) So we have a right hind spoor here
Only because I could see the front spoor too while I was there....
Unfortunately I could not find the claws, as the sand was just not soft enough to show it.....
All in all, the Kidney shaped heel pad, Curled toes, that are very close together, and the most likely presence of claws, all leads towards HYAENA!
But now WHICH ONE???!
Distribution obviously plays role........This was found on my property in the Waterberg(Ruling out spotted hyaena)
........Another tell tail sign, is that Brown Hyaenas have a large size difference between their front and hind spoors, where the spotted hyaenas do not!
A Brown Hyaenas spoor is also noticabley smaller by a few centimetres......and the brown Hyaena has very long hairs on its legs and feet, unlike the Spottie, and often these show up as scuff marks around the spoor itself!
So we have the Right Hind spoor of a Brown Hyaena-Hyaena brunnea