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The hyena is a shaggy, untidy and opportunistic carnivore with a distinctive, sloping back. It weighs around 60 kg (males can be heavier) and stands about 80 cm at the shoulder. Almost all hyena in Kruger is the spotted hyena. They are found throughout Kruger and the best places to see them are south-west Okavango, Savuti and Linyanti. The brown hyena found in southern Africa’s more arid environments. The spotted hyena hunts and scavenges by night and is closely connected in African folklore with the supernatural world. Anyone who has heard the sound of hyenas in full cry around midnight would understand the animal’s association with the dark arts. Unlike the honest, authoritarian roar of the lion which resonates with purity and strength, the “laughing” hyena’s utterances are hysterical and mocking, an eerie human-like giggling shriek that would not be out of place in a mental asylum. It’s body parts command a premium price on the local muti market, particularly the tail, ears, whiskers, lips and genitals.
Info source: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/Kruger_National_Park_Wildlife-travel/kruger-park-wildlife-hyenas.html
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The photo was taken during September 2017 near Afsaal Picnic Spot, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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