I'm in college for a wildlife conservation career to help threatened animal species, and I want to work with ones that don't get as much conservation awareness and are vital to their ecosystems. It's one thing if people aren't familiar with hyenas beyond "The Lion King", but one of my largest pet peeves is when people act like a Disney movie is a perfectly logical reason to hate them; it also annoys me when I talk to people about how they're not bad like they're made out to be, but they dismiss me when I'M the one who actually did the research.
For one thing, when people scorn spotted hyenas for killing lion cubs, lions also kill hyena cubs; and it goes beyond just those two, since cheetahs, hyenas, leopards and lions all kill each other's cubs whenever they can. They also get bad rep whenever a cub kills another cub, but they fight shortly after birth not to kill, but for dominance; eaglets do the same thing, and you know what a lion does when it takes over a pride? He kills all the cubs, and banishes its male offspring when they reach maturity.
Spotted hyenas are stereotyped as scavengers, but they have a higher hunting success rate than lions because their hunting tactic is better: for example, with a herd of wildebeest, lionesses will circle the wildebeest nearest to them and run toward it; with spotted hyenas, some of them will walk into the herd in a small number and they'll chase after one of the wildebeest into the hyenas that are waiting outside the herd. Spotted hyenas aren't even the only type of hyena: aardwolves eat insects, and while brown & striped hyenas *are* scavengers, know that Ben Franklin joked that the turkey may as well be the U. S. national bird instead of the bald eagle, since (for one thing) they'll steal fish from hawks whenever they can - does hunting make stealing excusable? It's unreasonable to judge animals by human standards to begin with, but don't diss brown and striped hyenas if your n
- I love them.Vote A
- I like them.Vote B
- I'm not really interested in them, but I respect their right to live.Vote C
- I don't care if they live or not.Vote D
- I don't know enough about them to have an opinion.Vote E
- Their ecosystems would be better off without them.Vote F
- "The Lion King" - that's all the reason needed for them to DIE!Vote G
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Totally cool even if they are lower on the food chain they have one of the strongest bites... though not usually backed up by their bark0