Lucky me for this leg! Hyena spot­ted car­ry­ing an ele­phant's leg

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This hyena had plenty rea­son to laugh de­spite suf­fer­ing an ap­par­ent footin-mouth over­load - mak­ing its way home with an ele­phant’s leg in its jaws. The scav­enger even stopped to nib­ble the stump as it headed back to its den in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Re­serve. It is be­lieved the hyena might have car­ried out an am­pu­ta­tion and was tak­ing his prize back for the rest of the clan to en­joy af­ter other an­i­mals might have feasted on the fleshy re­mains of dead ele­phant. Hyena’s are no­to­ri­ous scav­engers, and have been pho­tographed car­ry­ing the heads of dead lions in their mouths. De­spite hav­ing a pen­chant for pick­ing the flesh off of rot­ting car­casses, the an­i­mals are also skilled hun­ters and catch the ma­jor­ity of their food .

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