“The more time I get to spend with this hyena, the more I am in awe.”
Photographer Cathan Moore has spent years capturing images of numerous magnificent wild creatures in and around South Africa’s Timbavati Game Reserve. But he has a special place in his heart for one particular person.
A hyena who lost use of his hind legs has learned to walk only on his front limbs. He is thriving in spite of everything.
Moore was concerned that the hyena, which he named Two-Wheel-Drive, had a difficult existence when he first came across it. Moore ultimately saw, however, that the hyena was thriving. The unwavering little fellow was, in reality, as assured as ever.
Due to their high level of resilience, hyenas frequently recover from wounds quite fast.
Moore told The Dodo, “Naturally, you feel enormous regret and sadness. But as you give it more thought, you begin to see that he is a success and you begin to feel incredibly proud of the circumstance as well as of all of nature and its tenacity.
Moore thinks the hyena stopped moving around a year ago. The tenacious animal can still cover great distances. Hyenas are scavengers, thus Two-Wheel-Drive can easily feed himself by using his strong nose to locate food scraps.
Moore posted on Instagram, “The more time I get to spend with this hyena, the more I am in awe of his tremendous character.”
Moore observed that Two-Wheel-Drive is still incredibly self-assured and obvious in control when he is with his tribe, always making sure he gets his fair share.
Moore remarked that it “truly doesn’t impede him from being dominant.”
Moore has gradually started to detect Two-Wheel-Drive utilizing his hind legs on occasion, which may indicate that he is regaining some of his mobility.
Whatever the case, it’s obvious that Two-Wheel-Drive has the resolve to deal with everything, even if he doesn’t fully recover the use of his legs. Whatever the obstacle, this hyena will handle it well.