Hungry hyenas find a hippo

The dry season certainly creates barriers for certain animals, especially when water is involved.

Some days the bush is relatively silent. Some days there is a hive of activity. Then there are those days that sound like a war zone has just erupted. I came across a scene that was a first for me. Two hippopotamus bulls had a territorial dispute and unfortunately the fight ended up in the death of one male.

By the time I arrived a large clan of spotted hyenas had already tucked into the carcass. A great deal of the clan were already sleeping with their bellies full.

Hyenas on hippo carcass-1

It is always fascinating to see how quickly an animal gets devoured when the scavengers arrive. Between all the hyenas and vultures it does not take long to clean up the area.

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The vultures usually have to wait their turn until the hyenas move off from the carcass. There is a distinct pecking order among the various vulture species that may line up and wait their turn.

Hyenas on hippo carcass-4

2 Comments on “Hungry hyenas find a hippo

  1. Interesting photographs that clearly illustrate the important role played by both hyenas and vultures – so wrongly maligned by so many!


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