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  1. that is one amazing shot. If looks could kill, wow Posted 8 years ago
  2. Hi Claire great protrait of this Hyena. Where you very close to it or did you keep quite a distance to be safe? I would be scared with this animal. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Ok, two confessions!
      Firstly, this hyena was actually in a sanctuary so there was a nice big fence between us. I used a long lens to get between the wires.
      Secondly, she was actually standing next to another fence which I really could not get rid of, so I cut her out and put her over another photo I had that had a better background. She is actually right on top of a white tiger!!!
      Posted 8 years ago
      1. Glad you were safe, you don't see anything in this result of your photoshopping. You fooled me ;) Posted 8 years ago
        1. Now that is praise indeed coming from you!! Thanks! Posted 8 years ago
  3. Although it required some photoshopping, the result is a very nice photo! Well done. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks Joost Posted 8 years ago

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The spotted hyena, also known as the laughing hyena or tiger wolf, is a species of hyena native to Sub-Saharan Africa. The spotted hyena is the largest member of the Hyaenidae, and is further physically distinguished from other species by its vaguely bear-like build, its rounded ears, its less prominent mane, its spotted pelt, its more dual purposed dentition, its fewer nipples and the presence of a pseudo-penis in the female. It is the only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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Uploaded Sep 2, 2013. Captured in N2, South Africa.