San Diego (CA) Photos

March 12, 2009

Spotted Hyena at the San Diego Zoo

Filed under: San Diego Zoo — washaw @ 6:00 am

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The spotted hyena is also called the “laughing” hyena because of its vocalisations, which resembles the sound of hysterical human laughter.   These guys got a bad rap as a scavenger, i.e. lazy.  Actually they are powerful hunters happy to run down almost anything to have for a meal.

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1 Comment »

  1. I think hyenas are cool! They have such neat faces, like really smart (yet vicious) dogs.

    Comment by San Diego Farmgirl — March 12, 2009 @ 5:13 pm


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