Spotted Hyaena

Spotted Hyaena

Spotted hyaenas perform a phallic inspection as a greeting, where two individuals stand head to tail, lift their rear legs, and sniff each other’s extended phallus for up to 30 seconds.

Spotted hyaenas utilize tactile communication between mothers and their young, rival young, and mates, and in a genital investigation greeting.

Spotted hyaenas perform a phallic inspection as a greeting. Two individuals stand head to tail, lift the rear leg closest to the other and then sniff and touch each other’s extended phallus for up to 30 seconds.

Females usually do not greet males in this manner, and if they do it is usually only the highest ranking males. Cubs can perform this ritual within the first month of life.


Image | © Tambako The Jaguar, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Estes, 1993; Law, 2004)

 

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