Spotted hyenas are highly social animals that form big clans with anywhere from 6 to 100 members.
Hyenas in clans are sorted into complex social hierarchies. Female hyenas are at the top of the pack.
Despite the fact that female hyenas are not considerably larger than males, their slightly larger in size, and increased aggression has previously been theorized to explain why they dominate the social order.
Why are spotted hyenas’ social groups so well organized? Did it go well in groups when everyone wants to be the leader? Most likely not.
Instead of fighting for domination, they collaborate to get more resources as a group.
Within spotted hyena clans, social dominance hierarchies are basically a lunch line, with higher-ranking females and their cubs getting first dibs on meals.
Though spotted hyenas form long-term relationships with their clan mates, they spend most of their time alone or in small groups.
However, they come together to help each other hunt large prey and defend their kills from other hyenas and predators.
However, these clans are not unbeatable. Especially when we talk about small clans under 10 individuals. So let’s see what animals can defeat a small hyena clan!
As everyone knows, African Elephants are the most massive terrestrial animals on Earth.
I think it might be completely impossible for any realistic amount of hyenas to take down an adult African elephant.
Hyenas are built to take on prey like zebra and large antelope. Elephants are out of the question.
Hyena jaws are known for their legendary strength, often crushing and eating their prey in its entirety, bones and all.
Hyenas are also known to be extremely dangerous due to their ability to hunt in well-coordinated packs. They have a high level of intelligence.
Compared to large cats, hyenas do not have claws to jump and catch large animals, they hunt by targeting points below the animal, such as the belly or genitals.
Also, even if these elephant spots are exposed, and the number of hyenas may seem like an advantage, they will not be able to do so.
The hyena’s mouth will not open as wide as a lion’s for example, and it will be difficult to bite the elephant.
I don’t think any clan hyenas leader will lead their team under an elephant where they risk being trampled and crushed.
Any attempt to do so, by even the largest pack, would invariably cause the death of several members of the pack.
In conclusion, we see that hyenas simply do not have the weapons necessary to take down an adult elephant, particularly a bull elephant.
There are cases where even subadult elephants survive a hunting attempt by a pride of 30 lions.
Lions don’t even dare to go even close to an adult elephant. Hyenas don’t even stand a chance.
They are the world’s tallest mammals. These tall animals are identified by their long necks, equally long and spindly legs, and spotted coats. A giraffe’s neck alone is 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.
Females grow up to 14 feet (4.3 m) tall and weigh up to 1,500 lbs. (680 kg), while males grow up to 18 feet (5.5 m) tall and weigh up to 3,000 lbs. (1,360 kg).
Their main weapon is their head, which they swing at enemies like a wrecking ball.
Their legs can also be dangerous, with a kick from a giraffe quite capable of killing someone.
It is well known that hyenas can attack young or old giraffes.
But approaching a large healthy adult is a dangerous game, as they can kill a hyena with one kick.
However, if they can take advantage of a calf’s isolation or feint and distract the adult, they can pick off the calf and escape injury.
It is also known that during mating the males become more aggressive, as does a mother when she has young.
So, a hyena family of up to 20 members doesn’t think they could kill a giraffe.
(4). Lion Pride
Lions are the only cats that live in groups, which are called pride, though there is one population of solitary lions.
Pride are family unit that may comprise anywhere from two to 40 lions, including up to three or four males, a dozen or so females, and their young.
Hyenas and lions are two species whose living range heavily overlaps.
If the lions have greater numbers or even better have a male on their side, The lions will surely dominate the hyenas.
Overall I would say the winner of these fights just depends on who has the advantage in the specific battle.
Lions are three to four times larger than hyenas and kill larger animals. However, male lions are avoided at all costs.
But, Hyenas can group to over 20, while lion prides usually span from about 4 lions to 10.
Spotted hyenas tend to go after either very young or very old members of a herd.
Lions are clearly stronger but if the number of lions is equal to that of hyenas, hyenas have no chance.
The hippopotamus is an African animal, the second heaviest land mammal in the world. They can weigh up to 8000 lb (3600 kg).
Despite the hippos‘ cute appearance, they are among the most dangerous and aggressive of all mammals.
Their canine and incisor teeth grow continuously, with canines reaching 20 inches (51 centimeters) in length. Hippo males especially use their canines for fighting.
However, a hyena clan can only accomplish this to a weak adult or a youngster, a fully-grown healthy adult, especially a protective mother would easily defend itself against hyenas,
which have to think twice before attacking, knowing the hippo can easily kill one of them.
Also, a Hippo has really tough skin designed to resist some attacks from other hippos, crocodiles, and Lions.
These animals are all more powerful than hyenas.
Rhinoceroses are characterized by the possession of one or two horns on the upper surface of the snout, horns that are very hard being made of keratin.
Adults of larger species weigh 3 – 5 tons. Rhinoceroses are also noted for their thick skin.
Black rhinos for example are very nervous in temperament and can be quite aggressive and would react by attacking the threat.
As with the hippopotamus, I don’t think hyenas risk trying to kill a bull hippopotamus.
First of all, it will take a large number of hyenas to put the rhino down, and even so I am sure that many hyenas will lose their lives in this fight.
I don’t think a smaller number of hyenas would have a chance in front of a rhino.
(1). African Wild Dogs
A hyena is much larger and more powerful than an African wild dog: no competition at all, but at the individual level.
Wild dogs are slightly faster than hyenas. Keep in mind that this can only happen if the number of dogs is much higher than the number of hyenas.
Think of a fight between a group of 30 – 40 wild dogs and a group of up to 10 hyenas.
Hyena clans are not as closely knit as those of African wild dogs.
African wild dogs can be a fierce enemy if the conditions, and numbers are in their favor. Thus, on certain occasions, African wild dogs can beat hyenas.
Personally, I think that only if the number of dogs is much higher than the number of hyenas, then they could win.
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