Like other hyenas, the striped hyena is dog-like in appearance, with powerful forequarters and a back that slopes down towards the tail. It gets its name from the black stripes on the sides of the pale grey or beige coat (2) (3), which is long and shaggy except for on the face and limbs (2). A crest of particularly long hair, running from the head to the tail, is erected in situations of conflict to make the hyena look larger and more intimidating (2) (4). The striped hyena has a long, thick neck, which along with the strong skull and jaw bones enables the hyena to break up dry bones (2). The black and white tail is long and bushy and the feet bear short, blunt claws (3)
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