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, 14 September, 2020

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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 its 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 photograph, 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.

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

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1 comment for Spotted Hyena Cub Portrait

  1. 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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