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Saturday’s scene: Going for a Walk

2011/07/09by Donna Hull

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A red hyena walks across the grass in Madikwe Game Reserve in northwestern South Africa. We had stopped for a snack of coffee with amarula and muffins — boomers get hungry on early morning game drives — when the hyena marched along the edge of the clearing. To me, there’s something prehistoric about his looks. Do you agree? Post a comment to give your opinion.



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Andrea and John July 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

I agree – he does have a pre-historic look to him! Nice shot =)   ~Andrea.

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Donna Hull
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July 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Thanks, Andrea. Watching him or hear stroll along the edge of the clearing was something else!

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Nomadic Samuel July 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I enjoyed this photo – definitely they have a pre-historic look as a species.  I find they’re one of the ugliest animals on the planet, yet the way they exist amongst other predators much larger and physically capable is fascinating.  I’d enjoy to see one in the wild myself someday if the opportunity arises.

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Donna Hull
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July 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Thanks for commenting. This was an unexpected sighting. Our safari guide was surprised that we saw one.

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DreamTravelVacation July 11, 2011 at 5:29 am

Strange looking hyena. I agree they look rather pre-historic. 

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Ajka7 July 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

very interesting blog. The red hyena looks like my grandma dog ;))

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Ajka7 July 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

very interesting blog. The red hyena looks like my grandma dog ;))

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merr July 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

What a picture – the face is so interesting. Yes, prehistoric, pre-to-date somehow, but then again not, because there he is!

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Donna Hull
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July 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

He certainly displays a menacing personality.

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Anonymous July 13, 2011 at 12:29 am

Definitely a pre-historic looking dude. Did you see many of these red hyenas or was this a lucky snap?

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Donna Hull
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July 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

This was the only red hyena that we saw. I think it’s sort of rare to see one in broad daylight like this.

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Mark H July 14, 2011 at 3:18 am

To me they are simply ugly – hunched shoulders, shaggy unkept coat and dribbly. Not nice critters at all…

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Donna Hull
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July 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

They do look awfully mean. I’m glad he was a fair distance away from us.

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Donna Hull
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July 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

They do look awfully mean. I’m glad he was a fair distance away from us.

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Anonymous
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July 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Eek I’m not sure I would want to get to quite so close while I was enjoying my picnic lunch

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Donna Hull
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July 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Thanks goodness for zoom lenses :-)!

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Anonymous
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July 20, 2011 at 7:22 am

Disney has ruined me – every time I see a hyena I think of Lion King!

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Donna Hull
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July 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Ha! I never thought about the Lion King but you are right.

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Anil July 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Looks like someone mixed a bunch of different animals in an experiment and ended up with a red hyena :)

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Donna Hull
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July 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

So true!

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Treas March 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

This is a Brown Hyena natives to southern Africa.

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