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This scruffy looking scavenger is distinguished from the other three hyena species by its long shaggy coat and pointed ears. The brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea) has a dark brown or slate coloured coat with a short brown tail, and striped brown and white legs. Cream-coloured fur around the neck forms a distinct mane in adults, which, along with the hair on its back, stands erect in aggressive or defensive situations. Sometimes, the mane may not be present, as due to fighting it has been replaced by scar tissue. Like all hyaenas, the brown hyaena possesses incredibly strong teeth and jaws, enabling it to crush bones and release the nutritious marrow within. The brown hyena is a solitary scavenger and will travel long distances of up to 35 kilometres each night, in search of food. Brown hyenas have incredibly strong teeth and jaws, enabling them to crush bones and release the nutritious marrow inside. With an exceptional sense of smell, the brown hyena can find carcasses that are several kilometres away.

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