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Betrayal!

My boss came into my peoplebox today to ask me to do something large and complicated, and was watching over my shoulder as I moused around. Eventually I went to my desktop, where my wallpaper is a picture of three sickeningly cute hyena cubs. She said something like "Aww, how cute. Of course, they really are nasty creatures."

This is the same boss that 1) controls my raises and promotions and 2) gave me a magnetic lion for my wall.

Conspiracy!

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spottedhyena
Feb. 25th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
Then try this on your boss:

"It seems rather paradoxical that cubs should starve in an area that contains such a huge wildlife concentration. However, cubs do not usually die because there is no food but because during the dry season they were unable to get a share of the small Thomson's gazelle, which are almost the only available prey around Seronera at that time. Adults tear a carcass apart and fiercely defend their portions, and it was depressing to see a starving cub totter to its mother, each rib sharply outlined beneath its unkempt hide, and receive a vicious cuff instead of a bite to eat."

This was written by George Schaller, a noted expert on lion behavior.
spottylogic
Feb. 25th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
I can always count on you to lift my spirits at the expense of lions :)
spottedhyena
Feb. 26th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
I wasn't so much targeting lions per se, but rather human myths about them. ;?)
drleo
Feb. 25th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)
Schaller is anthropomorphizing lions, though. From a survival point of view, healthy female adults who can hunt are more valuable to the survival of the species, who can bear more cubs later.

It sounds sad, but we can say that from the comfort of our climate-controlled homes with our well-filled human bellies.

Besides, aren't female hyenas larger than the males because they have to defend their cubs from the blatant infanticide of the males? :)
spottedhyena
Feb. 26th, 2004 03:49 am (UTC)
Schaller is anthropomorphizing lions, though.

No he isn't. About the only thing you can accuse him of here is inserting his own emotions in that description.

It sounds sad, but we can say that from the comfort of our climate-controlled homes with our well-filled human bellies.

Schaller isn't judging lions and for that matter neither am I.

Besides, aren't female hyenas larger than the males because they have to defend their cubs from the blatant infanticide of the males? :)

Male hyenas do kill and eat hyena cubs when given the opportunity, though the relationship between the males and the cubs is not actually known. Male lions also kill lion cubs whenever they have the chance, at least cubs not fathered by the particular male.
drleo
Feb. 26th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
He's reacting to their actions as if the lions were humans that had done them, however.

And yes, male lions kill cubs not their own, but this is a natural selection technique, because without cubs, females come back into estrus almost immediately.
spottylogic
Feb. 26th, 2004 09:05 am (UTC)
Though the root of all this was that my #1 Boss was looking at hyenas through human-colored glasses. Ultimately, we gain very little by comparing either species to humans, the only species known to package meat in cellophane to distance themselves from the act of killing (except for the spiny anteater, it's complicated, but there you go.)

drleo
Feb. 25th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
*informs the Union of your boss' excellent performance*
spottylogic
Feb. 26th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
(snicker)
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