Hyena Cubs Rescued in Kenya

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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.

A photo of an African Pygmy Hedgehog in a teacup and a few facts

Pygmy hedgehog in teacup

Photo of a tiny cute baby pygmy hedgehog in a teacup.

I saw this photo of some baby African pygmy hedgehogs in a teacup and they were so lovely I did a bit of research to find out a bit more. They look like pretty ideal pets as they are very gentle, don’t need much room, are quite cheap to look after and above all are a little bit different. With only a few hundred in the UK it would certainly be something a bit different.

Here are some key facts:

  • They can cost around £190 in the UK. That’s around $250 US. Many breeders have long waiting lists.
  • Pygmy hedgehogs are around a quarter the size of standard hedgehogs
  • They love being handled
  • They are far more common in the US than the UK where they were first bred around 25 years ago
  • Chocolate brown is the most common colour but it’s also possible to get albino varieties
  • They live for about three to five years
  • A hedgehog’s body is covered in around 6,000 spikes (also called quills)
  • In some areas in the US you need a license to have a pet hedgehog but check with your local authorities
  • In the UK you don’t need a license for these domesticated hedgehogs but of course you can’t have a normal hedgehog as a pet. These are wild and endangered
  • The scientific name of the genus to which African Pygmy Hedgehog belongs is Atelerix which means ineffective fighter.

There’s a lot more information about Domesticated Hedgehogs at Wikipedia.

Here’s a very cute video of a kitten meeting a pet hedgehog for the first time.

A picture of a piglet painting

A piglet painting

An artistic piglet

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.

A tiny baby orangutan.

A photo of a baby orangutan

A photo of a baby orangutan

Orangutans are one of our closest animal relatives and this tiny baby does look very human. We share 96.4% of our genetics with these amazing creatures who are classified as great apes. Just like us. The sound an orangutan makes is a longcall and if you want to know what that sounds like just click here.

Incredibly cute picture of panda babies.

Panda Babies

Photo of Incredibly Cute Panda Babies

I can’t believe there’s anyone out there who doesn’t love pandas and they’re even cuter when they’re cubs. They look just like teddy bears !

Okay, okay. I admit it. They’re not really panda cubs. I think they’re puppies who are dyed to look like panda cubs. Who wouldn’t want a panda puppy ?

Here’s what a real baby panda looks like and I can’t tell whether he’s about to pounce or whether he’s collapsed and is ready to relax.

Baby Panda

Baby Panda