Hyena Feeding, Harar, Ethiopia, 2009

Hyena Feeding #1, Harar, Ethiopia, 2009
Hyena Feeding #2, Harar, Ethiopia, 2009
Hyena Feeding #3, Harar, Ethiopia, 2009

The people of Harar have traditionally had a special relationship with hyenas, which, in addition to their role as scavengers, are believed to be able to carry off evil spirits by passing near a person so affected. The feeding of hyenas is carried out at two sites currently; one, the more popular with tourists, is at a muslim shrine (the locals are Sufis) outside the walls, and the feeder is the man who keeps the shrine. In addition to putting on a show of how close he gets to the animals while handing them their strips of camel meat, he will also let visitors feed the hyenas, handing them a stick pre-laden with meat, which the guest can then hold out for the hyenas. I fed them a few times, but did not take any photos while doing so.



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