Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013

8 months - with Gitane - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Harar - Hyena-feeding

December 9, 2013  —  Ethiopia
Harar - Ethiopia

Yes, it is really a wild hyena. These animals have a bad reputation mainly because of the movies depicting them as evil beasts. Personally, I think that they are nice and fascinating animals, despite their ferocity and jaws that can easily break and crush bones of large mammals and even humans.

The hyenas that you will see in this blog are wild, but they are accustomed to humans, and especially to the young man feeding them. The father of this young man was feeding the hyenas, and the son has taken over the tradition.

Harar - Ethiopia
Harar - Ethiopia
Hyena-feeding is a few centuries old tradition that happens early evening when darkness engulfs the city. The hyenas are nocturnal creatures, but sometimes they are active during the day.

So, to reach the feeding site, we have crossed the old city after dusk. The city is somewhat quiet, but keeps some of its charms under these artificial lights.
Harar - Ethiopia
The meal; dromedary skin.
Harar - Ethiopia
The daring young man.
Harar - Ethiopia
Harar - Ethiopia
The hyenas are fed each evening and they seem to faithfully obey. Around us, they are about 8 to 10 hyenas eagerly waiting for a part of the feast.
Harar - Ethiopia
Harar - Ethiopia
Hard to believe, but true...
Harar - Ethiopia
Harar - Ethiopia
Just imagine! A hyena could easily grab a piece of meat... and the hand or arm that holds it. They are purely carnivorous animals.
Harar - Ethiopia
Notice the hyenas waiting in the background.
Harar - Ethiopia
Wow! He has some nerves.