By ColleenA
Good morning....
Thank you for the great comments on yesterdays elephants much appreciated, also a big thank you to Julia (natureshaven) and Darryl (carper123) for their UA's .......so chuffed
Today a hyena pup...they are very cute as youngsters but as they grow up I think they become quite ugly. These were taken years ago with a small camera. We very seldom get sightings like this. It was so hard to pick a lead image as I love them all and if I had the time would have given them their own uploads.
The Hyena is Africa's most common large carnivore. Reputed to be cowardly and timid, the hyena can be bold and dangerous attacking animals and humans. They are organized into territorial clans of related individuals that defend their home ranges against intruding clans. The centre of clan activity is the den, where the cubs are raised. Hyenas are social animals that communicate with one another through specific calls.
Hyenas normally bear litters of two to four cubs and are born with their eyes open. Cubs begin to eat meat after 5 months but are suckled for as long as 12 to 18 months. At about 1 year, cubs begin to follow their mothers on their hunting and scavenging forays. Until then they are left behind at the den with a babysitting adult.
The variants show the mother and her pups as well as a hyena exiting the den. (this den is an old termite mound)
have a nice day

Tags: Hyena Wildlife and nature

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17 Feb 2014 5:18AM
Great images Colleen. V2 is my favorite and a wonderful capture.Well timed!

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 5:48AM
An interesting and informative narrative supported by a fantastic set of high quality images, each one a gem and such a pleasure to view Colleen. Images 5 and 6 being particular wonderful.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 5:50AM
Marvelous set of images Colleen...
They all look in good shape, good coats and they look well fed.
Intriguing animals who fight very hard to survive. V5 and V6 for me today... So cute! Grin
Six lovely captures of these Hyena. Well done Colleen.
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 6:25AM
A great set.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Feb 2014 6:30AM
A delightful set, Colleen, they look so adorable as pups. Carol
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
17 Feb 2014 6:33AM
Excellent shots and an interesting and informative read as well. Lovely stuff Colleen.

A wonderful set Colleen, they are definitely more attractive as young'uns.. great writeup as well.. I love learning about the animals you upload!

Lynette Grin
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 7:12AM
Awe - you are right - these are cute! They do look very healthy - glossy coats. V2 for me - checking to see if anyone is playing out.

ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
17 Feb 2014 7:20AM
A wonderful series.
Great pictures.
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 7:20AM
Super images Colleen and aren't they cuddly when they are young.SmileSmile
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
17 Feb 2014 7:44AM
Another great set of images.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 8:12AM
Fantastic set Colleen, love them all
but especially V5 am really enjoying this series
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 8:32AM
what an expression you have caught in V1
a great set to see
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 8:32AM
Beautiful animals Colleen and a great set of images.

17 Feb 2014 8:38AM
Gorgeous series Colleen, V1 for me, how cute, wonderful to read the added information too, I love to read about your life in Africa, I think I still have one of those cameras hanging about somewhere too SmileSmileSmileSmile
Bantu 4 7 1 India
17 Feb 2014 8:39AM
Very much involved in wildlife,lovely.
17 Feb 2014 8:41AM
Fine set of images Colleen,
PhilT2 Plus
8 466 29 England
17 Feb 2014 8:54AM
Great set and how cute when young..........not so when older
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 9:12AM
Excellent set, V5 for me today.
17 Feb 2014 9:25AM
they do get very muggly and nasty looking as they mature V1 my winner today

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 9:28AM
They have beautiful markings & they look very cute when young, lovely work Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
17 Feb 2014 10:41AM
The necessary dustbin men, they are a very important part of the eco system. Excellent set of images Colleen ( I like them, Lions don't !!)
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 10:42AM
Wonderful set, lovely to see mother and pups. Great pictures Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 11:41AM
Great set of images Colleen, v1 so cute now, a great write upSmile

17 Feb 2014 11:54AM
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
17 Feb 2014 12:12PM
Oh so pretty. They look in very good condition. I'd love to stroke them but I value my hands and arms too highly. Smile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 12:17PM
An interesting set of wildlife behaviour - what beautiful coats they have.
I love that protective paw in V6.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 12:19PM
Wonderful set of images, Coleen, v5 for me a real cracker, brilliant.
Well done,
Darryl. x SmileSmileSmile
17 Feb 2014 12:30PM
A superb set
17 Feb 2014 12:33PM
Wonderful images Colleen, excellent photography.

Jenny Smile
17 Feb 2014 1:56PM
They are cute when they are puppies. I read once that they quite often kill and it is the lions that "clean up" afterwards. Have you ever heard of this? It seems a bit far-fetched but so do a lot of facts.
Your African animal shots are superb.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
17 Feb 2014 3:00PM
A fine collection of images, Colleen, and interesting write-up too! Smile
Trev Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
17 Feb 2014 3:11PM
Yes Colleen,
they are for more cuter as youngsters than adults !!
Good set.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
17 Feb 2014 3:53PM
That stern look in v1 is stunning. Great set. I am thoroughly enjoying all the images in this series. Thanks for sharing.
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
17 Feb 2014 4:23PM
Very cute, but then so are all babies, whatever the species. Have to agree they are not the most endearing of creatures when they grow up though.
Lovely set of images again Colleen, excellent work.

17 Feb 2014 4:23PM
All adorable sets Colleen, I like the look of interest in V1.
17 Feb 2014 5:43PM
Beautiful documentary set of images, Colleen!
17 Feb 2014 5:49PM
Another good set Colleen, and interesting info, well done.

John Smile
17 Feb 2014 6:00PM
Excellent set Colleen. I love hyenas young and old, although I must admit I've not seen many young ones and they are really cute. I think that V2 is my favorite of these shots.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 6:06PM
What a cracking set of pictures Colleen, and very informative write up. I really like these animals, one day i will come out there to see these and other wildlife
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 6:17PM
Delightful set, Colleen.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
17 Feb 2014 6:36PM
Top class series Colleen.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 6:46PM
Lovely setSmile

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
17 Feb 2014 7:40PM
SmileSmileSmileA gorgeous set ColleenSmile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 7:51PM
A great set of images Colleen
17 Feb 2014 8:00PM
A great set of images, Colleen. They are so cute and V6 is really outstanding.
17 Feb 2014 8:54PM
Brilliant set Colleen. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
17 Feb 2014 8:57PM
A very nice set of images, even though I'm not their number one fan Grin
17 Feb 2014 9:38PM
Fabulous set Colleen. They do look rather cute but looks can be deceiving WinkGrin

gss 4 1 Romania
17 Feb 2014 10:00PM
Do not know why, but from childhood I developed a certain dislike for hyenas - I can not figure out why - their appearance, fact that consumes corpses, maybe both. But also have their role on Earth and their right to life.
Your photos show me (especially the first 3) a sympathetic figure in contrast to my preconceived image. Perhaps it is young or maybe your picture is very successful, or maybe both ...
gss 4 1 Romania
17 Feb 2014 10:02PM
I wonder what animal is coming tomorrow.........No longer have to go to the zoo, I have everything I need here! GrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Feb 2014 10:35PM
An excellent set of images depicting hyena behaviour, I think v5 is the stand out shot
18 Feb 2014 11:24AM
V5-6 my absolute favourites !GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
6 3 8 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2014 2:49PM
These look so cute when they are pupsGrin
termite53 5 8 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2014 6:19PM
A super set of images I love V2
Ugly as it is, it looks so lovely !

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