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Friday, 14 August 2015


The hyena was excluded from Noah's ark in Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World (1614) in the belief that it was a cross between a cat and a dog.

The oldest Alaskan human remains coincide with roughly the same time cave hyenas became extinct, leading certain paleontologists to infer that hyena predation was what prevented humans crossing the Bering strait earlier.

Hyenas are not related to dogs, but are instead part of a suborder including large cat predators like lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

Contrary to popular belief, hyenas kill 95 percent of their food—the same amount as cheetahs, leopards and lions.

Disney was sued by a biologist for defaming the character of hyenas in The Lion King.

The hyena's famous 'laugh' can be heard up to 2.8 miles away.

The pitch and tone of a hyena’s laugh can give an indication of its age and social status, scientists claim.

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