Hyena and child

June 14, 2020  •  7 Comments

Here a mother hyena seems to be scolding her child.  She later picked the child up by the neck and carried it off probably to put it in timeout.

Although hyenas appear similar to dogs, they are actually more closely related to cats. They live throughout much of Africa and eastwards through Arabia to India.  Hyenas are members of their own family (Hyenidae), of which there are only four living species (spotted hyenas, brown hyenas, striped hyenas, and aardwolves). They indeed group with the 'cat branch' (Feloidea) of the order Carnivora, not with the 'dog branch' (Canoidea). So the closest living relatives of hyenas include cats, mongooses, Malagasy mongooses, viverrids (e.g. civets, genets, the binturong...), and the African palm civet.

Photographed in South Africa in March 2015, Canon 7D, Canon [email protected], 1/[email protected], ISO 320


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Sherry Lieberman(non-registered)
Really does look like a mom bawling out her kid. Pretty amazing.
Jane Russo(non-registered)
What great expressions. Terrific photograph! Jane
Nolan H. Rhodes(non-registered)
Excellent capture...
Gene Brown(non-registered)
The expressions really make the shot. Fascinated to learn: "Although hyenas appear similar to dogs, they are actually more closely related to cats."
Karin(non-registered)
Touching! And a remarkable ohoto.
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