- The strength of hyenas jaws is such that both striped
and spotted hyenas have been recorded to kill dogs with
a single bite to the neck, without breaking the skin.
- The spotted hyena is known for its strong bite proportional
to its size, but several animals, like the Tasmanian
devil, have a proportionally stronger bite.
- The hyenas closest living relative is the mongoose.
- Hyenas live in clans that are dominated by a matriarch,
and her female cubs will often become the future leader
of the clan.
- Hyena cubs will often try to kill each other; they
are the only known animal to commit fratricide.
- The striped hyena is primarily a scavenger, although
it will occasionally attack and kill any animal it can
overcome. It also supplement its diet with fruits.
- The spotted hyena occasionally scavenges, and is
also an active pack hunter.
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