Selfish Hyena Isn’t Willing to Share His Kill With His Pack

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 27, 2023

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Brown hyena
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Have you ever met a child that didn’t want to share? Even though they might have a large pack of candy, they are convinced it’s only for them. We see something similar happening when a hyena goes out to hunt alone. He finds his prey, and instead of bringing it home, he eats it right there. 

Video Warning: The video contains the contents of a hyena eating an impala that is still alive. The sounds may be disturbing for some viewers. 

Hyena Sighting in Africa

The YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to Africa. The Incredible Wild Animals Sighting YouTube page posted this short clip of a group of hyenas sighted in Africa. This channel shares videos and short clips of wildlife all over Africa. Their most recent short video clips are of lions, giraffes, warthogs, and buffaloes.

Hungry Hyena Doesn’t Like to Share

As the video starts, we see a lone hyena eating an impala. Most hyenas hunt in packs. PBS shares that hyenas are “Built for endurance; spotted hyenas often hunt in packs, chasing prey to the point of exhaustion.” 

So the fact that he does not have his pack with him shows this selfish hyena doesn’t want to share!

This hyena didn’t have to do much to chase this baby impala down. This baby wouldn’t have had a chance as it was cut off from its mother. The danger of being alone in the wild as a baby is often fatal. 

Do Hyenas Hunt Alone?

Hyena in woodland

Hyenas are primarily scavengers and often steal food.

©Ondrej Prosicky/

We often see videos of hyenas hunting prey; it is within their group. Hyena packs can get anywhere from 6 to 100 members. This makes them masters at chasing and hunting down various large prey, according to the National Institutes of Health—animals such as wildebeest, monkeys, and antelopes. 

However, hyenas are capable of hunting alone. It doesn’t happen often, but it can happen. In the case of the video shown above, this was the perfect opportunity for this hyena to hunt alone. This baby impala was no match for this hyena.

And so the hyena didn’t need the help of his pack to take this animal down. And because no one helped him to take this prey down, he didn’t feel the need to share with his pack either. He might as well keep it all to himself!

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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