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In a rare instance, a male hyena returns to the cub den and socializes with the cubs. This male is o

In a rare instance, a male hyena returns to the cub den and socializes with the cubs. This male is of high social rank. The females usually do not let males near the cubs. 



Photo: Heather E. Watts

Spotted hyenas, also known somewhat disparagingly as laughing hyenas, live in a hierarchical social structure. Here, high-ranking hyenas get first bite at an African Cape buffalo. The lower-ranking hyenas in the outer circle must wait. Their complex social structure belies their reputation as odd-looking, scavenging misfits. And they are not always scavengers; they often bring down prey on their own



Photo: Kay E. Holekamp
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