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    I think this must be the youngest hyena I've ever seen, too cute for words. The mother was still recovering from child birth.

    The gestation period is 4 months in Crocuta crocuta. Females usually bear twins although 1 to 4 young are possible. The females give birth through their penis-like clitoris. During birth, the clitoris ruptures to allow the young to pass through. The resulting wound takes several weeks to heal. Cubs are not weaned until they are between 14 and 18 months of age. Females are capable of producing a litter every 11 to 21 months. (from Animal Diversity Web)

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    1. PRWIN [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

      Great sighting .Nice pics

    2. gwendolen 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks Peter!

    3. Mister.Tee 69 months ago | reply

      Cute! Cute! Cute! Cute! Scary... but cute ;-)

    4. gwendolen 69 months ago | reply

      Cutest crunch on the planet. Yeeooow.

    5. illie72 69 months ago | reply

      geweldig!!!! wij hebben toen ook wel jongen gezien, maar stukken ouder alweer dan dit pukkie!

    6. katydownunder 69 months ago | reply

      Ahhhh I am melting.......;-)

    7. Keckwick [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

      heh cool, the young one dosen't look like ahyena lol, cool shot.

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    8. Leguaantje 69 months ago | reply

      Je vraagt je af waarom ze dan toch iedere paar jaar weer een nest willen hebben.

      Mooie foto's

    9. ajmatthehiddenhouse 69 months ago | reply

      Great picture and an interesting biology lesson as well, thanks,

    10. M00k 69 months ago | reply

      nee maar echt , de knuffeldieren van m'n jongste dochtertje zijn enger dan deze schattepoepies

    11. daKing pics 69 months ago | reply

      thanks for these Gwendolyn - pity about the focus on number 2, but I still like it - shines a whole new light on the creatures - lucky you and well done

    12. gwendolen 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks for all the compliments and comments, guys. Much appreciated :-)

    13. wans2pics 69 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous capture!!!

    14. gwendolen 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks Wanda!

    15. ik_kil 69 months ago | reply

      Cute and beautiful image!!

    16. f mack 69 months ago | reply

      That is a CRAZY shot!!!!!! Well done!!!!! :-)

    17. gwendolen 69 months ago | reply

      Thank you Michel and f mack.

    18. Axel Bührmann 69 months ago | reply

      What bursts where? Yikes.... I never knew that. And I thought "Eve" had it bad; what did these critters do in the Garden of Eden to deserve this?

      Thanks for the lesson......

    19. tinajoyulrich 64 months ago | reply

      You are so lucky just to have gotten so close to them. What strange and wonderful creatures!

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