Researchers from Michigan State University have found a wrinkle in how hyenas use their noses that might have implications for how we understand the sense of smell in many other animals as well. Like most species of dogs, hyenas use scent as their primary sense -- it's how they find prey, how they look for mates, and how they communicate with one another. New research published this month in the journal Scientific Reports shows that hyenas from different clans appear to have different colonies of bacteria living in their scent glands. The study marks the first time that widely different communities of odor-causing bacteria have been found in the same species, and could offer insight on how animals communicate by smell.
This adult female hyena, Princey, pretty much defines "adorable" while she chases her tail and plays in the mud. Hyenas seem like they'd be fun pets, until you remember that they'd probably eat you and hang out in your corpse. They'd look cute while doing that, at least.
(via Stuff I Stole From the Internet)