Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

That wildlife photograph features a spotted Hyena cub portrait lying on the ground. This sweet cub has some scraggly sparse hair on top of its head, making it look super cute. The cutest are the googly eyes.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/100s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 192mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4474 by 2982 pixels (WxH).

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In this spotted hyena cub portrait photograph, the little one has scraggly sparse hair on top of its head, making it look cute. The most cuteness factor is googly eyes. As you can see, it has not grown into its full adult fur yet. That little cuteness is lying on the white sand, looking into the camera. Its rather large ears towards the camera. Well, it can hear something. Right, the camera sound.

Hyenas Give Birth In Dens

Female hyenas built underground dens. In these, the females will give birth to the cubs. Basically, from birth, the young predators are born with an instinct to survive. Only 2-3 cubs are born in a litter. The weakest hyena cub they will push away. Furthermore, they push away not to feed on their mother. Ultimately forcing it to starve. The most common hyena is the spotted hyena. It is also the largest. Adults are about 80 cm / 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 45 – 80kg / 100 to 180 pounds.

As you can see from the hyena cub in the photo, they are born with scruffy black fur. Although their teeth have already broken through the gums, and eyes open. After that, at about three weeks old, the black coat starts to lighten, and spots appear. Undoubtedly, the babies become much more lively and are more social with the clan. When leaving their underground den, you can see them often playing together. Like all young animals, playing with mom is much fun. In their childhood, they learn all tricks of how to hunt from adults. We, humans, think that these magnificent animals are only scavengers. No, they are the most successful hunters in Africa.

The spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta, is in the category least concern in the IUCN red list.

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2 comments for Spotted Hyena Cub Portrait

  1. Thomas

    Such a lovely cute hyena cub. The big eyes, are just gorgeous. Love it.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thank you, Thomas.

  2. Ruth Koprek

    This is a gorgeous photograph the colors blend in so beautifully. The pup is so adorable. Great photograph.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Indeed the hyena cubs are so cute with their large eyes. Thanks so much, Ruth for your comment.
      Ciao Anette

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