Hyenas Amazing Facts: Are hyenas cowards?
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What are Hyenas?
Hyenas are of African origin. There are four species of hyenas. Those with stripes on the body are called striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), those with spot on the body are called the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), the brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea), and the aardwolf (Proteles cristata).
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Are hyenas cowards ?
Hyenas prefer to eat the left overs of the meal of other animals rather than hunting its own prey. They depends on larger animals like lion or tiger for their food. Due to this reason, hyenas are labelled as cowards.
Hyenas have a strong jaw bones and hence it can eat the carcasses completely by breaking even the large bones in it.
At certain times, if they do not get any left over foods, they hunt their prey collectively. Hyenas usually attack and kill animals which do not attack back, like the Zebras. But spotted hyenas kill and eat 95% of their food.
Hyenas Amazing Facts
- Hyenas can even hunt and kill giraffe.
- Hyenas live in groups which are called as “Clans”. There may be even 130 hyenas in a clan of spotted hyenas.
- Hyenas are intelligent creatures. Researches have shown that hyenas are able to count the number of hyenas in clan.
- Hyenas are able to crush open the bones of dead animals upto 2.5 inches in diameter.
- Female hyenas rule over the male hyenas as they are more muscular than the males.
- Hyenas are not related to dogs even though they look like dogs.
- Spotted Hyenas weigh 40 to 90 kg and the females are heavier than the males.
- Spotted hyenas has a running speed of 60km/hr.
- When Spotted hyenas are nervous or excited, they make a sound which resembles a human laughter and hence they are called as “laughing hyenas”.
- Hyenas even eat insects and lizards.
- The cries of hyenas can be heard even 5 km away.
- The Holy Bible has a mention about the hyenas (Isaiah 13:22).
- Hyenas can be seen in the animations like The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Noah’s Ark, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Dumbo etc.
- They can consume and digest even bones.