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Some consider the hyena to be the link between cats and dogs, but this is not true.
Some consider the hyena to be the link between cats and dogs. But this is not true since the cat and the dog are two separate kinds of animals; there is no transition between them. Spotted hyenas hunt their prey in groups of two to five; this allows them to bring down a larger animal. This hunting instinct was not part of their behavior until after the Fall, since all animals were originally created to eat plants.
Brown hyena, striped hyena
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)
FAMILY: Hyaenidae (hyenas)
GENUS/SPECIES: Crocuta crocuta
Size: Average about 3 ft (0.9 m) tall; 3–5 ft (0.9–1.5 m) long
Weight: From 120–165 lbs (55–75 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and wild buffalo, some carrion, and large numbers of locusts
Habitat: Mostly savannas and forests of sub-Saharan Africa