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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:46 am

Most large predatory mammals, such as big cats, are born with eyes closed and toothless; in other words, completely harmless. However, that’s not the case with African spotted hyenas.
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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:47 am


They are born with eyes open, alert and armed with sharp teeth, and start fighting each other at a surprisingly early age to establish their dominance..

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:49 am

The larger cubs bite their weaker siblings brutally, and although adult hyenas may try to separate them, as soon as the babies are left alone in the communal burrows..

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:51 am

They continue with their fighting; battles between hyena cubs can last for weeks. In some cases, the weaker cubs die because of their injuries, but usually their fate is even worst..

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:52 am


After being bullied so ruthlessly by the stronger cubs, they become so shy that they won’t even dare leave the burrow when their mother comes home to feed them. Eventually, they die of starvation inside the burrow.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:54 am

Baby hyenas have even been known to dig smaller tunnels inside the burrow, and fight inside these tunnels, where their mother couldn’t possibly reach them.


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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:55 am

Besides being a strategy for the stronger cubs , the future leaders of the hyena clan to eliminate potential competitors, fratricide is also a natural way to regulate the population.

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Post by sujin007 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:57 am

Indeed, hyenas are the most abundant large predators in Africa, and other than lions, which kill some of them occasionally, they have no natural enemies at all.



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