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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Brown-Spotted Hyena at Etosha National Park

While watching giraffe, springbok, and zebra at a watering hole in Etosha National Park, I noticed an odd animal that I couldn't identify. It drank and then started walking toward the car. As it got closer and closer, I realized it was a brown-spotted hyena. Excitement is putting it lightly… I snapped away as the hyena came into a very close range. This is how I got this photography and loved the wet look of this odd but very interesting wild animal.

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Date Taken: 11.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Namibia
Copyright: © Terri Mays