Spotted hyenas are scavengers and often dine on the leftovers of other predators, but they also skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope. The term “laughing hyena” comes from sounds made by a hyenas when they are nervous or excited. Unlike most animals that are born with spots and loose them later in life, hyenas are actually born black and develop their spots later in life. They’re truly like no other animal as they are born with a full set of teeth, their hair grows “backwards” on their body, their born with the eyes open and will literally eat and digest EVERY part of the prey they kill or come across.
Meet “Ed” at the Monterey Zoo! Ed was an orphaned as a baby in Tanzania, Africa. He was hand raised with and in the home of Monterey Zoo Director, Charlie Sammut. Today, Ed is enjoying his new and much more rewarding habitat.