Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

Even though it is dangerous to attribute human emotions to animals, I think the word “love” can be applied to animal relationships too. Not everything is purely a protective instinct to ensure the survival of the family group.

Hyenas must be some of the ugliest, meanest animals in the African bush, but they are the most loving, patient mothers. These two let those pups climb all over them, and chew on them, without losing their tempers.





To join in the fun go to Weekly Photo Challenge: Love.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Categories: Photography


I live on the Southern coast of South Africa, and write about the things that interest, amuse or inspire me. You can find me at https://notesfromafrica.wordpress.com and http://southerncape.wordpress.com (my photoblog)


Subscribe to the Notes from Africa RSS and Twitter feeds to receive updates.

24 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Love”

  1. GeoRoMancer
    January 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Maybe that’s where the saying “a face only a mother could love” came from!

  2. January 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I know they aren’t “nice” animals, but those are “nice” pictures!

    • January 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

      Thanks – it was lucky that we saw this little family close to the road.

  3. January 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Great subject for this week’s photo challenge. Those pups are quite cute. 🙂

  4. January 28, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Lovely post, and i agree, aspects of animal sentience run deeper than our sense of anthropomorphism.

  5. January 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    I used to go eeeuuuwwww at hyenas…but they are growing on me

    • January 29, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      I’ve seen them up close a couple of times, and they still remain very odd creatures to me. But the little ones are really cute, and behave like any other animal babies.

  6. Eha
    January 29, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Oh, I don’t know: I have seen so many animals on photo, film and TV being such incredible parents that us two-legged ‘creatures’ perhaps sometimes fall behind . . . methinks most animals are actually less selfish and more giving 🙂 ! ?

    • January 29, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Yes, you’re right about that. We humans should really get over the notion that we’re the superior beings!

      Christine (from http://bernasconiphotography.wordpress.com/) emailed me the other day. Thanks for “introducing” us! 🙂

      • Eha
        January 30, 2013 at 3:04 am #

        Am glad! She is warm, caring, interesting and very talented 🙂 !

  7. January 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I too find hyenas rather unappealing creatures because of their scavenging habits and their bizarre laugh-bark, but I agree with you that the pups do look cute. And, like vultures, they do have a valuable role to play in cleaning up the veld of carcasses…

    I like your photographic interpretation of the ‘love’ challenge, Lisa; it was an educational and thought-provoking post.

    • January 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Thanks Reggie! It was either the hyenas or a photo of our cat and dog sleeping together and looking cute! 😉

      • January 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

        Aww, that was a difficult choice; I probably would’ve gone instinctively for the latter. But I think you probably taught us more about our unspoken preferences and judgements by choosing the hyena parents and their pups. So – good choice. 🙂

      • January 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

        It was a difficult choice, but if I gave free reign to my natural instincts, this blog would be full of cute kitty/cute doggie photos. 🙂

      • January 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

        Chuckle – so would mine!

  8. January 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Of course animals love each other! As a scientist I am pleased to say that at long last we are beginning to allow that animals have feelings: it has taken far too long, and far too much arrogance on our part, but finally the tide is turning. It must vary from species to species, but as yet we do not know enough.

    I had two ponies, and one died. The other mourned for months and actually cried real tears during the first few weeks. I had no idea ponies or horses could cry. His health suffered and the vet said that his whole immune system had gone down with the grief. Just because an animal lives differently and expresses itself differently does not mean that it does not have strong feelings. Lovely photos:)

    • January 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Yes, even animals from different species form close bonds. Our cat and dog are good mates. You can see there is genuine affection between them. That they know they are part of the same “family”.

  9. February 2, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I love the way you described the hyenas
    “..the ugliest, meanest animals in the African bush, but they are the most loving, patient mothers…”
    That is love.

    Hah hah I shared a picture of our cat and dog sleeping together in my post on love. I called the post – “I lived with a barbed wire fence in my mouth”.

    • February 3, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      I saw your wonderful picture of your cat and dog sleeping together. So cute how the cat is snuggled right against the dog’s tummy. [Anybody wanting to see the photo, scroll down to the bottom of this post – http://wp.me/pN0M1-1u7 ].

  10. Madoqua
    February 8, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Even hyenas have a role in the big ecological picture. I have also watched hyenas and their young and they are delightful!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: