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Innocence of Youth

It's quite rare to find oneself this close to a hyena pup. They're generally kept out of site of the larger predators, such as lions. This little chap was the runt of the litter and its mother displayed quite interesting behavior when it drew up to her to feed. She actually snapped at this pup and let the other more developed pups continue feeding. This can sometimes be Africa's cruel way of ensuring "survival of the fittest" and is also sometimes a way for the mother to push the pup to develop a competitive edge as it will soon enough have to fight for its right to feed. If this one succeeds in passing its mother's test, the innocence of youth will quickly give way to the more devious nature of an adult hyena.
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