For whatever reason, hyenas love rubber. Yep, if they have the guts to come up to your vehicle when you’re out in the bush, they’re most likely more interested in your rubber tires than you. In fact, small puddle-jumper planes that park in the bush often lay branches with thorns around their wheels to ward of the hyena.⠀
This little sweetie I met in Namibia near Desert Rhino Camp. Babies are always curious and this guy could not help but get close. As soon as we’d see him head towards a tire, my guide Bons would honk the horn. The baby hyena would jump back but like a housecat immediately go for it again. Finally, we honked the horn so much Bons felt we should leave, he didn’t like the fact that the hyena was so comfortable around the jeep. Better that they are wary of getting to close. Just as we were about to pull away, the hyena walked toward the front where I was and just looked up. As if he were saying…. Please let me bit your rubber tires. I could have kissed that cute little face.