The man who lives with hyenas

Spotted hyenas are the second largest land predator in Africa (after lions). They are feared for their raids on towns where they have been known to kill small children.

However, the inhabitants of Harar, Ethiopia have invited wild hyenas into their community, believing they consume evil spirits with each cackle.

Spotted hyenas on the streets of Harar, Ethiopia (Credit: Paul Thompson / BBC NHU 2016)

Spotted hyenas on the streets of Harar, Ethiopia

Every night for the last 400 years, two hyena clans have entered the streets of Harar and fought for dominance. The winners gain access to the bones left on the streets by the city’s butchers.

Yusef has a close relationship with wild hyenas (Credit: Fredi Devas / BBC NHU 2016)

Yusef, in Harar, Ethiopia, has a close relationship with wild hyenas – calling them into his house and feeding them by hand

One Harar resident, Yusef, has a close relationship with the hyenas. He calls them into his house and feeds them by hand.

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