I’m really happy to pass on this link to a news article from the Guardian. It’s a response to the sensational article from the BBC last week which portrayed hyenas in Addis Ababa as dangerous vermin threatening to over-run the town. The response is beautiful. The author, Yves-Marie Stranger demonstrates that you don’t have to rely on sensationalism to come up witha fascinating story. In fact, this story is far more engaging because it speaks of nuance and possibilities. The re-forestation, waste management, expansion of the city, and dietary preferences of the people are bound to impact on the hyenas but we can only wait and see how. This is how multi-species communities work: in ways which are constantly emerging and changing. There’s no conclusion, just a lot of interesting maybes and an account of how hyenas can coexist peacefully with five million people in Ethiopia’s capital. Great story!