Mammary bounty reveals maternal failure in spotted hyena
Crocuta crocuta photo © Tom Harkins
It is easy to assume that those individuals of the spotted hyena photographed with an obvious udder are particularly successful mothers. In fact the opposite is true. It is only an inferior individual in the female hierarchy, returning from a perilous foraging expedition far from the communal den, that will have a full udder. Such forays last up to five days during which offspring left at the den suffer growth-lags and risk starvation.
Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016
Crocuta crocuta photo © Sanjay Austa