The baby hyena, also known as the spotted hyena, rock hyena, or laughing hyena (though not to be confused with its closest relative, the brown hyena), are a species of hyenas found in Sub-Saharan Africa, primarily south of the Sahara Desert and in southern Africa. They are known for their high-pitched laughs, which sound like loud cackling. The baby hyena’s scientific name means dog-hyena because its skull resembles that of the dog more than that of the adults.
The Baby Hyena Species
The baby hyena is a species native to southern Asia. Also known as a spotted hyena, it has spots in various shades of brown or tan, and white fur around its neck and torso. Baby hyenas are born with dark brownish-black fur that lightens to golden tan or yellowish-tan as they age. They’re known for their shrill cries and distinctive laugh that can be heard up to 3 miles away.
Characteristics of the Adult Male
Compared to females, male hyenas are larger, standing 61.5–69 cm (24–27 in) at shoulder height and weighing 21–34 kg (46–75 lb). Males also have thicker necks and a prominent mane. However, it is not uncommon for males to develop small spines on their foreheads similar to those of females.
How do baby hyenas eat?
In nature, female hyenas are larger than males. Males will always have a large amount of belly fat, even as adults. This is due to their inability to lactate (female hyenas produce milk), so they must consume larger portions of food in order to gain enough nutrients for themselves and their cubs. Females do not need extra nutrients since they lactate and breastfeed. When feeding cubs, females will swallow their food whole; then regurgitate it back into the mouths of their offspring.
Can baby hyenas be friendly?
When you think of a hyena, what comes to mind? Probably a mean-looking animal with an ugly cackle, right? If so, you’re not alone. Most people believe that hyenas are vicious predators with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Surprisingly enough, that’s far from true! In fact, there are many endearing facts about these animals that should make them more popular than they currently are.
How old do hyenas live?
Baby hyenas live on average 15 years. Adult female hyenas live around 14 years, while adult male hyenas live an average of 12 years.
How fast can hyenas run?
Adult hyenas can run at speeds of up to 56 kilometers per hour (35 miles per hour). This makes them one of the fastest land animals in Africa.
Do lions eat hyenas?
Even though lions are predators and baby hyenas are prey, at times it seems like a lion and a hyena might be friends. That’s because, according to National Geography, lions and hyenas do not prey on each other.