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Spotted hyena by illmatar Spotted hyena by illmatar
Spotted hyena.

Everyone says they're ugly, but I REALLY like them. Then again, I also love vultures and rattlesnakes....

Bush Gardens, Tampa
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Khialat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
One thing I find really interesting about hyenas is how a civet/mongoose type animal has evolved to fill the niche you would usually find wild dogs filling. Evolution is full of surprises :)
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illmatar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Nature doesn't really allow vacancies.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
True. Though there are also true wild dogs in Africa, who are rivals with hyenas.
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CrazyCrocuta Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hyenas are such amazing animals. :D It disgusts me to hear people commenting that they're ugly or horrid creatures JUST BECAUSE they're hyenas. I find them to be beautiful animals and very intelligent.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Hyenas are glorious. 
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BadDragonRule34 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
CROCUTA CROCUTA ROCKS!!!
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illmatar Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
:)  Indeed they do.
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SeptemberNine Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're not ugly- this one's adorable :)
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Exactly! I don't know where the reputation comes from.
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AuBurneyT-Keswick Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
probably 'the lion king'
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:iconillmatar:
illmatar Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Maybe. 
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AuBurneyT-Keswick Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yup.
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Kaykao Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hyenas are adorable! And this is a lovely shot of one, great job getting it! :D

I've been trying to teach myself to draw hyenas and I asked someone for feedback on a sketch, and they said to make it look more like a hyena I could make it uglier. Why people tend to think hyenas are ugly baffles me to no end..
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illmatar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thanks! I don't know...I think they just think of them wrong. Too many nature shows high-lighting all the gory meals and not enough of the time between or something.
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SlLENT Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
They aren't ugly~
They're adorable~
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illmatar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
:) Yup!
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Sladin5Ever Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't see anything ugly about these amazing creatures. People are weird :| Pretty shot by the way
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Me either...I think they are awesome. Thanks!
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SuperAlphaWolf Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Hyena's??? Ugly??? Hyenas are the best!!!! They are so awesome and powerful. I like how the females are in charge, not like in other animal groups. That's cool as.
Awesome photography, by the way.
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illmatar Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Oh I love them, but people walking by have few good things to say. Thanks!
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SuperAlphaWolf Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay ^^
Welcome~
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Innconveniance Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Who says they're ugly??? I PITTY DA FOOL!!!
they are awesome!
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Heh. They are indeed.
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BLACKNIGHTINGALE81 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   General Artist
nice! can i use it as a stock? i will credit you of course. :)
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illmatar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Sure! I'm honored. Let me know when you've finished too - I'd love to see what you come up with.
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BLACKNIGHTINGALE81 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   General Artist
ok! thanks a lot! :)
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spotstar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
hyenas are so cool there not the cutist but when ther babys ther like the cutst things ever and in the discriptin unlike most girs i think snakes ae amazingly cool
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Heh. Exactly. They are awesome...and for the record I'm a woman and I love snakes.
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marshcaramellow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love hyenas. they're so underrated.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Me too!
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Wytch1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me three!
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illmatar Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
:XD:
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marshcaramellow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Orly?
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Sammy-Puppy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who says they're ugly? I think they're even more adorable than cats or something like that. Lovely creatures in my eyes. ^^
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
I think they've got sweet faces, but you should here the comments at the park while we're there.
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Lunchi Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I actually find hyenas pretty. Dunno why everyone names them ugly.
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illmatar Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Me either.
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TristaBloodcourt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I would have to agree. Hyenas are amazing creatures! One of my favorites for sure!
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Sapphiresenthiss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, they're amazing!!! :iconiloveyouplz:
Hyenas are amazing animals, not ugly!
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
:) Thanks.
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DreJay Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE Hyena's. I've been telling my husband since we were dating that I want one for a pet.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Heh. Lots of luck convincing him!
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is actually my favorite photos of all of them, I love Hyena's they are such awesome predators and so highly underestimated in the animal kingdom. their jaws are so powerful they can crush bone. If I remember right they have the strongest jaws in the world.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
I'm pretty sure you're right about jaw strength. :) I'm glad you like the shot.
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
yeah Hyena's can give a male lion a run for it's money easily.

They crush bones easily, it helps them to break down corpses easier when they eat.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
:XD: I also like it that their females are in charge. High levels of testosterone and all. Aside from them being cool though I also think they are beautiful and have to listen to people saying "ew" all around me as I shoot picture after picture. They aren't "cute" enough maybe? I love their coats, I love their faces. There's intelligence there when they look at you.
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
People just say ewww because they knoww them as just Scavengers. They've never really known their hunting side. they are highly intelligent hunters. some may say their hunting instinct rivals that of the Lion.

Not to mention the way they are proportioned pretty much shows you just how strong they really are. they play pretend cowards. But, just like Starscream it's all show until you turn you back. Then your ass is dead.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
People also forget that lions will also happily scavenge when given a chance. Why wouldn't they? Why should they expend energy and risk injury when they can pick up lunch the easy way?
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