Hyena Laugh at boys. An interesting fun fact about hyena’s. And girls rule! What does that have to do with hyenas? You’ll see. Watch video and read more below.
Hyena Laugh at boys & Talk?
Hyenas, dog or cat? It is the million-dollar question is. Is a hyena in the dog or cat family? How can you even tell?
Hyenas are not members of the dog or cat families. Instead, they are so unique that they have a family all their own, Hyaenidae.
There are four members of the Hyaenidae family: the striped hyena, the “giggly” spotted hyena, the brown hyena, and the aardwolf (it’s a hyena, not a wolf).
Here is an interesting “Girls Rule” animal fun fact. When it comes to hyenas, girls are in charge – they rule the pack – take the lead – own the pack. The female hyena is in charge, Girls rule.
A dominant female rules the roost, and a strict hierarchy descends from there with males at the bottom. Remember our video on the African lion – Lion and its mane. How the female lion did all the hunting and the male lions ate first? Well once hyenas capture prey, males are usually the last to eat and the most bullied around the carcass.
When males reach maturity at around two years old, they escape their clans in search of a new one. However, after they find a potential foster clan, they must work hard to impress the females in order to… Well, let’s just say “make friends”.
Why Hyena Laugh
Here is another interesting fun fact: In less than half an hour, that’s right you heard me – in less than 30 minutes a group of hyena’s can kill a 400-pound zebra and gobble it up, bones, fur and all. They don’t let anything go to waste do they.
If you happen to get close to a pack of hyenas dining on a freshly killed carcass, you will probably hear sounds of laughter. Nevertheless, those are not signs of happiness. Why Hyena Laugh? Most of the time, a spotted hyena’s laugh is in response to agitation or attack.
When a feeding frenzy ensues, hyenas may claw and nip at each other in an effort to get a mouthful of meat. That aggressive behavior incites the laughter like outbursts that we associate with the spotted hyena. Laughter is only just one of the spotted hyena’s vocalizations. Each has a unique “whoop” that serves as its calling card.
Hyena Laugh and Talk?
Did you say the mother hyena talks to her cubs? Researchers determined recently that mother hyenas talk to their cubs with melodic groans. Yep – google it! It really is amazing to think they can talk to each other. I thought animals only did that in Disney movies.
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