More on Clan Wars

I’ve been looking at the footage from the clan war between the Aboker hyenas and their rivals (who I’ll call the Hakim hyenas for now) and it’s really interesting to read the body language of the hyenas. At the beginning, the hyenas on both sides are pretty nervous and they pay quite a bit of attention to Fredi who is off to one side filming it all. But as things intensify and they start making charges at each other they begin to disregard everything else, including Fredi who is still filming. I’d imagine that the hyena who knocked his camera lens was so focussed on her rivals that she didn’t even realise what she’d done. This is a similar sort of mentality to that of the male Tukwondilli who used to be so focused on the female Dibbey (who frequently attacked him) that he brushed past people’s legs and squeezed behind people seated at the shrine in order to keep his distance from the raging female.

I also noticed something in the clan war video regarding the ways that hyenas make charges at their enemies. The first step is to do some whooping to recruit hyenas from as far away as your whoops can be heard. Once there are plenty of hyenas present, you should start lowing and groaning, and look at your comarades expctantly as they become inspired by your low-pitched noises. Then when you have a few others beside you, stride purposefully as a cohesive group towards the enemy with your tails erect and your neck hairs bristling, looking as intimidating as you can. By this stage there should be six or seven of you involved in the charge with a few followers behind. When you get to the invisible line that separates you from the enemy, you make a charge, stand and stare briefly while the enemy (hopefully) retreats a bit, and then turn and walk back without looking behind to see if there’s a counter attack. Here there is one important point: when you turn your back to the enemy, swivel your ears backwards so as to make sure no-one is about to bite your ass while you march triumphantly back to your own lines. Repeat as necessary until you feel you’ve made a statement, or until a hyena gets hurt.

Photo from video courtesy of Fredi Devas

Photo from video courtesy of Fredi Devas

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