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November 15, 2009

Laughing Hyena

Camera Critters

This week’s critter is a hyena and pup. This photo was taken in Kenya, and we stopped to watch the mother and three pups. Her burrow was right near the road. They’re not the prettiest creatures, but they are interesting to watch.


Hyenas aren’t exactly common in romantic fiction. As it happens I’ve recently read Ilona Andrews’ novella Magic Mourns (part of the Must Love Hellhounds anthology) and the hero and heroine in her story are hyena shifters.

I’ve also used hyenas as part of the plot of Romantic Interlude, the third story in my Talking Dogs series. If you’d like an armchair journey to both New Zealand and Africa then this is the story for you.

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  1. Eileen

    Cool sighting and a great photo of the hyenas.

  2. Maria Zannini

    I’ve always been intrigued by hyena behavior. And I’ve always wanted to see one close up.

    It surprises me that they seem to watch the passersby as the passersby watch them.

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried

    Hyenas are cool. Maybe one day, I’ll get to see them in person. *sigh*

  4. jeanne

    Great spot and what a wonderful trip that must have been!

  5. Mary

    I’ve read a few books that have Hyena shifters as well as Lions, Rats and other animals. I like the new animals that are being brought out in these books. It’s neat to read them.

    Wonderful picture too.

  6. sandra cox

    Great pic!

  7. Linda Henderson

    It’s a great close up shot. I’ve never seen one even in a zoo.

  8. Kaye Manro

    They are so cute! What a cool idea as shifters too.

  9. Jaime

    That must have been an awesome trip. Love the pic. :smile:

  10. Shelley Munro

    They were fascinating to watch, although they did smell a little. Not surprising considering what they eat!!