These photos are of some beautiful Hyena Cubs that were rescued in Kenya in April 2011.
There are four types of Hyena and two are classified as threatened.
Here’s a link to an article at the Kenyan Wildlife Service’s website. http://www.kws.org/info/news/2011/5april2011.html
The trio of striped hyena cubs rescued nearly a month ago from Tsavo West, is soon expected to be transferred to the Nairobi Animal Orphanage after responding well to treatment and care by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) vet officers and animal caretakers.
The cubs (two female and one male), barely a few days old, were found abandoned by pupils at the Riata Primary School in Taveta. They were then later taken to the Taveta station before finally being transferred to the KWS headquarters.
Some interesting facts about Hyenas:
They are frequently mentioned in African folklore with many tales of Werehyenas and there are mythical tribes who were believed to be able to turn into Hyenas whenever they wanted.
Their body parts are often used in witchcraft !
Al-Doumairy was a fifth century Arabian writer who said that Hyenas were vampires who would hunt people down and suck their blood at night.
Arab folklore also contains stories about Hyenas hypnotising their victims with their eyes.
Laughing like a Hyena is a common expression as their vocalisation does sometimes sound very like a human laugh.
In terms of biological families (Phylum) they are closer to cats but physically (Morphology) they are closer to dogs.
They have exceptionally powerful jaws that have evolved to break through carcasses and bones.
Here is a video of some lion cubs, tiger cubs and baby hyenas. Very cute.
This piglet looks like he’s having a lot of fun with some paints and sponges. I hope he got a good clean afterwards.
A few good pig facts:
Pigs are very social creatures.
Their society is based around the harem: a dominant male surrounded by groups called “sounders”, each made up of a sow and her litter or piglets.
They stay together as a family until the young come of age.
Sounders continually communicate through a variety of noises including grunts, squeaks and sniffs.
Pigs are very clean animals.
They are the only farm animals that make a separate sleeping area which they always keep very clean.
They only have a bad reputation because they sometimes don’t look very clean.
Pigs are also very intelligent.
Just like dogs they can be house trained and can be taught to do all sorts of tricks and to fetch and walk at heel in the same way that dogs are.
In the nineteenth century they used to dress up pigs in fancy waistcoats and get them to do tricks. They were known as learned pigs.
Here’s a video of a well trained pig.
For a bit more reading here’s an article on pigs in Wired from a while ago. They talk about a BBC documentary called “Move over Babe” which features two pigs called Hamlet and Omelette who were trained to play video games and who actually excelled at it.
I can’t stop watching these baby pandas trying to escape. Out of all the baby animals these are some of the cutest I’ve ever seen. If it was me I would have to give it a big hug every time I put it back.