Do hyenas really “laugh”?

While it may seem like hyenas are “laughing”, the sound they produce is actually used to communicate.

Such funny noises may express excitement, nervousness (when confronted by lions for instance), and it is often produced when the animal is on the prowl for food.

Other typical hyena sounds consist of cackles, giggles, growls, whines and whoops. They also have a very recognizable howling call, which sounds a little like the following (sure, I’m not a hyena, but that’s the best way I can describe it 🙂 ): “oooooooo wooo, oooooooo wooo”.

Click on the “play button” below and enjoy the “laughing” hyena! 😉


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