High-ranking hyenas LOVE to show off their kills. Unlike their low-ranking comrades who must scarf down their food as quickly as possible before it gets stolen from them, these high-rankers can hold onto their scraps for hours. And what do they do with this extra time, you might ask - eat more slowly? No! Instead they take their carcass in mouth and gleefully parade around the low-rankers, gloating over their companions' misfortune of having a lower status. But sometimes, as they say, pride comes before the fall...even in the world of hyenas.
Yesterday, Eremet arrived at the Happy Zebra den holding a scrap of gazelle carcass in her mouth, nonchalantly flaunting her rank. But things quickly went downhill from there...
|Eremet innocently drops her scrap to sniff the cubs at the denhole.|
|Round 1: Puff, her son, emerges from the den and grabs it...|
|...and drags it into the denhole.|
|Eremet recovers her scrap, and the cubs stream out of the den after her (and the scrap).|
Eremet: 1, cubs: 0.
|Round 2: Puff grabs hold of the scrap again, now joined by his brother, Smaug.|
|Success! They drag it back into the denhole...1 point for the boys?|
|No! Eremet reaches into the den and yanks the scrap back out...still 0 points for the cubs.|
|Round 3: This time it's serious. Puff and his brother bring backup - |
their cousins, Daddy Longlegs and Recluse.
|Puff grabs hold of the scrap, and together the cubs drag it back into the denhole.|
|Seems like third time's the charm in this game...|
|Or not! Eremet, fed up, squeezes herself down into the denhole...|
|...grabs the scrap...|
|...and drags it, with Puff still attached, to the top of the denhole. Eremet: 3, cubs: 0|
|Winner winner, carcass dinner?|
Eremet saunters off with her scrap as the cubs watch sadly from the den.