Spotted Hyena, Masai Mara, Kenya (6/2017)

I did not expect to see hyenas at a kill. This wildebeest was killed by lions. After they had their fill, they left and the hyenas had their fill. Jackals even feasted with the hyenas. This was very different from the National Geographic programs I had seen. Our guide TJ said that during migration, prey is so plentiful that lion, hyena, jackal and vultures often take their turn without fighting like seen in the TV programs.

We even got to see them bickering a bit and laughing as they are famous for!

They are also far cuter than they are given credit for.

When visiting in 2000, we didn't see many hyenas but did see this den at Amboseli with a cute baby.




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