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Despite their somewhat wolf-life appearance, the closest relative to hyenas are cats, mongooses, and civets, all of which make up the Feliformia suborder. However, they do share some traits with canines, such as catching prey with their teeth rather than their claws.
Despite their relatively small size compared to many other members of the Feliformia suborder, hyenas have one of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom. Their bite can generate up to 800 lbf (pound-force), which is stronger than the bite of a great white shark. Because of this, hyenas are able to shatter bones with their bites, a trait that helps them when scavenging.
Scientific Name: Family Hyaenidae
Characteristics: Although hyenas have a reputation in many cultures as being frightening and evil, we promise there’s nothing malicious about this figurine! Painted by hand and crafted with immaculate attention to detail, this lifelike hyena toy model is exceptional as a tool for play or education.
Size: Standing 2.5 inches tall and 4.25 inches long, this hyena toy figurine is a touch shorter than a soda can resting on its side.
The Hyena is part of the Wild Safari® Wildlife collection.