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The Spotted hyena can grow to 85 cm tall and weigh in around 60 kg, with the dominating females being bigger than the males. Although it was previously thought that the hyena was merely a scavenger, it is now widely believed that they are in fact highly efficient hunters! The hyena lives in matriarchal groups of up to 15 or more individuals, known as clans. Their diet is a wide range of foods, from insects to big game, and a hyena clan are capable of driving a pride of lions from a kill. It will eat almost every scrap of a carcass, and even horns, bones and teeth are digested within 24 hours. After a gestation period of four months, usually a litter of two cubs are born. Hyenas like to relax in puddles in the middle of the day, the water helping to keep their bodies cool.

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  • Updated Jan 10, 2005
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