Mother Hyena Rounds Up Her Cub
On an early, crisp morning we departed camp to search for the wild dogs. In the process, we came across a female hyena returning from her nightly scavenge. She looked very focused so we decided to follow her; she also appeared to be lactating.
As we followed her she lead us to her den sight, which is inside an old fallen down mopane tree. This is where she kept her cubs. As she arrived she noticed her youngest cub was out in the open playing with some old bones. She tried calling her cub but to no avail. The mother walked over and pick the cub up by the scruff of its neck. She carried the cub back to the den but the cub was more interested in playing than listening to mom.
A few minutes later, 4 more cubs appeared of 2 different age groups. They started playing around and were very interested and curious of my car. I did however notice the adult hyena mother was not impressed by their behaviour. She decided to come fetch her cub again, this time growling while doing this, to send a firm message across. She once again carried the cub back to the entrance of the den where the cub began to suckle.
It was interesting to watch the cub being so stubborn towards his mother and how she disciplined him with her growling.