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Hyaena feeding behaviour

18 February 2015

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QUESTION:

What is a hyaena´s feeding behaviour?

 

ANSWER:

Brown hyaenas have strong jaws but cannot crack the large bones of a large carcass. They therefore shatter the smaller bones to get at the marrow and eat the bones. They will also carry pieces of bone to their dens where they form clans, although they will forage alone, and will cache surplus food under vegetation for later use.

A brown hyaena can travel for up to 30 km per night to forage for food. The bone in the diet creates white faeces which the hyaena deposits along selected routes in its range.

Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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