Parturition and early maternal care of spotted hyaenas Crocuta crocuta: a case report



Birth and the early development of spotted hyaenas Crocuta crocuta has been documented for captive animals (Grimpe, 1916; Schneider, 1926; Pournelle, 1965; Golding, 1969) and in the wild (Kruuk, 1972). However, little is known of parturition and maternal behaviour in the first fortnight following parturition. The behaviour of one dam during this critical period is described.