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Tuesday, 08 December 2009 15:45

Hyenas - The Hunted Predator

The spotted hyena - Photo by Ikiwaner, courtesy WikipediaAmong the most intelligent animals on Earth, three species of hyenas still roam in wilder parts of Africa and Asia. In general, hyenas are large, strong, flesh-eating animals that hunt a wide range of prey but mostly feed on carrion (the kills of other predators). They most closely resemble dogs but are in fact more closely related to cats. When full-grown, hyenas range from about 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 feet long and weigh between 75 and 175 pounds. Considered as smart as some primates, hyenas work in teams to hunt zebras and wildebeests. They communicate through a series of yells and growls, and their cries resemble human laughter.

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