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BBC Earth 2018 JULY
BRAINS and BRAWN
Spotted hyenas are bucking the trend for large carnivores being decline.
The spotted hyena is dog-like in appearance. Even when alone, a spotted hyena keeps in touch with other members of its clan with whoops, yells and a manic cackle, which gave rise to its other name, laughing hyena.
Spotted hyenas live in clans and frequently hunt in groups. Cooperation can improve the hunting success of spotted hyenas – but this depends on prey availability.