Hyena after lunch

In the coming days, I will post a number of images taken in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, of various carnivore animals after or during lunch. Beware, it may be a little more disturbing than most subjects, for sensitive or young people. However, this is routine observation in the wild: Big cats are nice but they eat animals. Raw.

First, this is not a feline. A spotted hyena found in the morning, in a small water pool, after an early lunch.

Spotted hyena - Copyright 2008 Yves Roumazeilles

Spotted hyena - Copyright 2008 Yves Roumazeilles

It is easily forgotten in savanah folklore as recorded in our Northern countries, hyenas are not only carrion eaters stealing their prey from less powerful animals (like cheetahs), but also successful hunters who compensate for their slow running speed with a rather considerable endurance. They kill about half of their food.

Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta, Hyène tachetée). Masai Mara, Kenya, September 2008.

2 comments for “Hyena after lunch

  1. Nerd
    February 8, 2010 at 18:12

    It’s a feline. Hyenas are felines.

  2. February 8, 2010 at 21:03

    Most people would think that hyenas are felines, but it’s not exactly the case. Hyaenidae and Felidae (including sub-family Felinae) are families of the suborder Feliformia. Of course, this makes them parents (and it is very clear that despite their appearance hyenas are not dogs of any kind).

    Nota bene: Strictly speaking, felines should be Felinae, but actually, felid or felines are Felidae.

    Source: Don’t believe me, check Wikipedia.

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