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bogleech:

Whenever the subject of hyenas come up, there’s always someone itching to debunk their “negative” stereotype as “mere” corpse-eaters, pointing out that they’re actually the savannah’s top predators, and even lions, they say with at least a hint of smug satisfaction, are more likely to pick at carrion, even frequently stealing the kills from poor, misunderstood hyenas.
Now, this is all certainly true, for spotted hyenas. They are the largest of the three “true” extant hyenas, and they are extremely effective hunters.
Being a hunter, however, is not a “superior” or more “honorable” way of existence. It’s just a different one. There’s nothing shameful or disgusting about being a scavenger; we’re just culturally trained to romanticize killing and naturally turned off by the idea of eating anything too rotten, since we aren’t generally adapted to handle that ourselves.
The two other hyena species (not counting the Aardwolf) are the brown hyena - Hyaena brunnea - and the striped hyena - Hyaena hyaena. Both of these smaller, shyer animals are regular carrion eaters. When they hunt, they hunt smaller animals, such as lizards and rodents, depending heavily upon stronger predators to bring down larger meals for them and well adapted to consume even the most rancid offal without getting sick.
Hyaena hyaena even has some further specialization for eating pure bone; once meat-eaters are done picking a carcass, they can still make use of the skeleton, and consume so much bone, so often, that their feces in the wild is often white and powdery.
Don’t sweep these little guys under the rug just to make hyenas out to be more “noble” hunters; we shouldn’t even have that concept in our heads. There are no “lower” and “higher” life forms in nature. It’s not “powerful” to be a killer, it’s just one of many survival options all with their own share of advantages and risks.
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.3957/056.043.0115
http://www.rscn.org.jo/orgsite/Portals/0/Reports%20RSCN/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20Amr_-_Hyaena_ohne_Karte.pdf

bogleech:

Whenever the subject of hyenas come up, there’s always someone itching to debunk their “negative” stereotype as “mere” corpse-eaters, pointing out that they’re actually the savannah’s top predators, and even lions, they say with at least a hint of smug satisfaction, are more likely to pick at carrion, even frequently stealing the kills from poor, misunderstood hyenas.

Now, this is all certainly true, for spotted hyenas. They are the largest of the three “true” extant hyenas, and they are extremely effective hunters.

Being a hunter, however, is not a “superior” or more “honorable” way of existence. It’s just a different one. There’s nothing shameful or disgusting about being a scavenger; we’re just culturally trained to romanticize killing and naturally turned off by the idea of eating anything too rotten, since we aren’t generally adapted to handle that ourselves.

The two other hyena species (not counting the Aardwolf) are the brown hyena - Hyaena brunnea - and the striped hyena - Hyaena hyaena. Both of these smaller, shyer animals are regular carrion eaters. When they hunt, they hunt smaller animals, such as lizards and rodents, depending heavily upon stronger predators to bring down larger meals for them and well adapted to consume even the most rancid offal without getting sick.

Hyaena hyaena even has some further specialization for eating pure bone; once meat-eaters are done picking a carcass, they can still make use of the skeleton, and consume so much bone, so often, that their feces in the wild is often white and powdery.

Don’t sweep these little guys under the rug just to make hyenas out to be more “noble” hunters; we shouldn’t even have that concept in our heads. There are no “lower” and “higher” life forms in nature. It’s not “powerful” to be a killer, it’s just one of many survival options all with their own share of advantages and risks.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.3957/056.043.0115

http://www.rscn.org.jo/orgsite/Portals/0/Reports%20RSCN/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20Amr_-_Hyaena_ohne_Karte.pdf

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darkwizardjamesmason:

toopunktofuck:

whenever dudebros go into some middle school biology spiel about how people are animals and men are just doing what male animals do

I just want to tell them

did you know:
jumping spider males are forced to dance for their mates, and if their courting dance is flawed the female eats him

u sure u wanna go about the animal kingdom

Not to mention the female praying mantis eats the male after mating.

Only in captivity, when the males can’t escape - this behaviour is much rarer in the wild.

Spotted hyenas would be another good one to bring up, though. Females are bigger, stronger, and meaner than males and are the dominant sex.

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