According to old superstitious beliefs, the hyena was an ally of African witchdoctors and sorcerers, making it an instantly dislikeable character. With its manic cackle, reputation for scavenging abandoned kills and shifty nocturnal behaviour, it is not surprising to find them absent from most people's 'favourite animals' list. Yet it could be that the hyena's unfavourable reputation is unfounded. Reputedly a vicious, aggressive and dangerous animal, this powerful predator is a remarkably gentle parent and united family member. Packing one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, discover the facts and fiction of one of Africa's most unusual creatures.