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Underappreciated Awwdorable Hyaena Cubs

Prepare for some unexpected cuteness, animal lovers, because you're about to have your heart melted by the most unexpected animal. Hyenas. Yes, you read that right. Probably one of the animals with the worst reputation in the animal kingdom, but we're about to prove that perception wrong

It may be true that hyenas are dangerous, but so are lions and tigers and bears, but we love those anyway. And we especially love all these very adorably dangerous in their cute baby form. Hyena cubs are really no different in that sense- their babies are way, way more adorable than you'd ever expect.

pictures of baby hyena cubs thumbnail includes two pictures including a baby hyena curled up and another of a hyena cub cuddling its mother
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Turns Out, Hyenas Are Masters Of The Loaf

It has just come to our attention that hyenas are capable of doing the loaf. You know, the loaf, like cat loaves. When an animal lays down and hides its arms within itself, creating one purrfect bread-shaped loaf. Loaves come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes but we have never witnessed a glorious moment such as this -- hyena loaves!

Hyenas are adorable animals but we were aware that they were capable of loafing and that they do it all the time! Turns out, it's not only an adorable position for cats, these wild animals look heckin' adorbs rocking the loaves. 

hyenas sitting like cat loaves - thumbnail of two hyenas loafing "did you know that hyenas loaf like cats do? look it up there’s pictures"
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One of our favorite things in the world is interspecies friendships. They're so cool and interesting, and the circumstances which led to those friendships are just as interesting if not more. The latest unlikely friendship that we've come across is one that seems like it's straight out of a Disney movie - a meerkat, a hyena cub, and two lion cubs.

Yeah, we know, aren't hyenas and lions mortal enemies? And isn't a meerkat merely a snack for hyenas and lions? Normally, the answer to both would be yes. But in this situation, under their special circumstances, in a zoo in South Africa, a strange and beautiful friendship has formed. 

These adorable animals all met when they were just babies. As they explain in the video: Qala - the hyena - arrived at the zoo as an orphan after her mom was caught in a farmer's trap, Safari and Sussie - the lion cubs - were rejected by their mother at birth, and Pokkel - the coolest meerkat in the world - was found simply wandering alone without its family.

Their friendship may not last forever, since both the lions and hyena are growing, and their instincts should be kicking in soon, so even playfighting might become dangerous for Pokkel. But for now, this is one of the cutest unlikely friendships we've ever seen, and we're glad that these cuties are enjoying each other. 

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Hyenas can be super duper cute! And a hyena cub? Always cute. 

Here's a mother who loves her baby and shows it by grooming and snuggling with the sweet cub. That moment when the cub flops down onto her.. endless squeals! Animal relationships with their mothers are just so gosh-darn special, we can hardly stand it. 

If you look closely, it almost looks like the mom is sleeping throughout the whole video. As if our hearts could handle any more cuteness. 

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