Tiniest Tail

Tiniest Tail, originally uploaded by gwendolen.

I think this must be the youngest hyena I’ve ever seen, too cute for words. The mother was still recovering from child birth.

The gestation period is 4 months in Crocuta crocuta. Females usually bear twins although 1 to 4 young are possible. The females give birth through their penis-like clitoris. During birth, the clitoris ruptures to allow the young to pass through. The resulting wound takes several weeks to heal. Cubs are not weaned until they are between 14 and 18 months of age. Females are capable of producing a litter every 11 to 21 months. (from Animal Diversity Web)