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Busch Gardens' new baby hyena is extremely cute, for now (w/video)

Mandazi is a 20-week-old spotted hyena.

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Mandazi is a 20-week-old spotted hyena.



Look at how ridiculously cute this spotted hyena cub is. He's like a puppy, except possibly better in every way.

His name is Mandazi, a nod to his sweet personality, and a pastry traditionally eaten on the Swahili coast, Busch Gardens said via news release. He was born at the Tampa theme park on April 3 to Taziki, an 8-year-old female. The father is 16-year-old Makali. Visitors to the park can now see Mandazi in the Edge of Africa area of the park, Busch Gardens said.

He is very cute, but depending on how recently you've seen The Lion King, you might feel differently when he grows up to weigh up to 165 pounds and he's capable of digesting bones, horns and even teeth. But right now, again, he's very cute (see below).

"Typically more successful at hunting than other African predators, hyenas often have their prey items stolen by lions, rather than the other way around," the park said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 5:43pm]


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