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Spotted hyena (pup)

Crocuta crocuta


This young hyena are about to explore the world. A caterpillar caught his interest and he just had to investigate it. He learned his lesson the normal way for young ones, his nose was burning after sniffing the furry little creature on the ground. No more caterpillars for this gorgeous little hyena!


Hyena family with two small had their den in a small irrigation system under one of the roads in the national park.


The spotted hyena is the largest member of the Hyaenidae, and is further physically distinguished from other species by its vaguely bear-like build. It is also unique due to the presence of a pseudo-penis in the female. It is the only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening. The spotted hyena is the most social of the Carnivora in that it has the largest group sizes and most complex social behaviours. The spotted hyena is a highly successful animal, being the most common large carnivore in Africa. Its success is due in part to its adaptability and opportunism; it is primarily a hunter but may also scavenge, with the capacity to eat and digest skin, bone and other animal waste. In functional terms, the spotted hyena makes the most efficient use of animal matter of all African carnivores.

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33 Comments (1–25)

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 10 years ago

yes, Tiz, definitely!!! :))

Tiz 10 years ago

Thank you Saumya and Sintija.
Sintija, dont you think that we would have done the exact same thing if we were hyenas? :))

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 10 years ago

Wonderful photos, Tiz!!!! :)))
Especially those with hyena and caterpillar :))))

Saumya Wanniarachchi
Saumya Wanniarachchi 10 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD ! Wonderful series , Loved it !!!!!!!!!

Tiz 10 years ago

Thank you so much Leuba, Kel, Dilan, Dotun, Chamalka, Luis, Doreen and Gilma for your fantastic comments!

Congratulations on the SOTD, Tiz. It is so cute!!
Also thank you for all the information on the species all very interesting and nice to know.

doreen.chambers.14 10 years ago

Very nice pictures.

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Congrats Tiz. Great SOTD!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 10 years ago

cute.......congrats Tiz!

dotun55 10 years ago

That's a cute pup. Congrats Tiz!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 10 years ago

Congrats Tiz!!Nice series!!

Sckel 10 years ago

Parabéns, minha amiga, você merece todas as estrelas que alcançar. Tenha um feliz fim de semana. :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Congratulations, Tiz !

Tiz 10 years ago

Thank you for the honor of the spotting of the day to Yasser and the PN team. Project noah member are not the only ones liking caterpillars :)
Thank you for your greetings and supportive comments. You are simply fantastic Maria dB, Tom, Beaker, António, Suzmonk, LaurenZarate, EnvUnlimited, Mac, Johan, Daniele and Bhagya!

This was the best start of the wonderful year of 2014! A year that will be full of big and small nature encounters for all of us :)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

soooooooo cute.... Congrats Tiz....

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Congrats Tiz!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago

Congratulations Tina!

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Great work Tiz, congratulations on your SOTD. Well deserved

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Such a cute series Tiz, great timing too! Congratulations!

suzmonk 10 years ago

Congratulations, Tiz, another Spotting of the Day ... you're a star!

Tiz,my friend,awesome ,you did it again,very well deserved SOTD,congrats and thanks for sharing sucha a diverse and wild life in your spotting page,always with a nice story and great info

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Congratulations, Tiz!

Tom15 10 years ago

Congrats Tiz on an informative and funny SOTD!

beaker98 10 years ago

What a gorgeous little pup! Awesome series. Congrats on SOTD!

Yasser 10 years ago

Congrats Tiz! This little pup's learning moment has been selected as Spotting of the Day! What a great series and I can't blame the little hyena for being so curious. Caterpillars are awesome!


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Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 14, 2013
Submitted on Jan 2, 2014

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