Hyenas will readily Eat Rotten Elephant’s Foot

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What will Hyena eat???

Hyena like eating meat. Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae. With only four extant species, it is the smallest in the class Mammalia. Despite their low diversity, hyenas are unique and vital components of most African ecosystems.

Spotted hyenas may kill as many as 95% of the animals they eat, while striped hyenas are largely scavengers. Hyenas drive off larger predators, like lions…. Hyenas are primarily nocturnal animals, but sometimes venture from their lairs in the early-morning hours. With the exception of the highly social spotted hyena, hyenas are generally not gregarious animals, though they may live in family groups and congregate at kills.

Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Three species are currently recognised: the African bush elephant , the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

How many species of hyenas ??

There are 4 species of hyena in the world: Aardwolf, spotted hyena, brown hyena, striped hyena

We’ve all bitten off more than we can chew at one point or another in our lives, and as it turns out, hyenas aren’t any different. South African wildlife photographer Mike Dexter stumbled upon quite a sight when he headed out to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana recently to take photos of an elephant carcass.

“An elephant had died two days previously and I was on my way to it to see if there was any action, such as if there were any predators or scavengers around or any interesting interactions taking place,” he explains.

It turns out he was in luck. Nearing the remains, Dexter spotted a particularly ambitious hyena making off with some serious bounty. “When I was about 500 metres from the elephant carcass, I rounded a corner in my Land Cruiser, crossing the river bed towards me, was a young spotted hyena carrying part of the elephant’s leg and foot,” recalls Dexter, who leads specialist photography safaris.

Dexter watched as the hyena made its way towards a den, and managed to snap a few photos as the animal stopped to take a bite of its decidedly supersized meal along the way.

Source: earthtouchnews



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