I've been looking at this picture for days now. It might be because it was the show I was watching at the time, but when I saw the thumbnail I immediately thought of the show "Supernatural". When I saw the caption "climbing into an impala." I started grinning like a fool. So in my mind this guy has been named 'Sam'. This is really a beautiful shot, it displays so much emotion. Really shows the raw, heart-breaking reality of the world. Thank you.
I was watching an OLD silent film, maybe NOSFERATU, made long before TV, when people hadn't seen nearly as much of the world as we take for granted now. And the film used a stock shot of a hyena or wild dog to represent a "werewolf in the forest"; I thought it was a brilliant, poetic choice. And if they had had THIS shot, it would have been even more powerful. Savage, beautiful, inspiring. steve
Actually, no. Just aesthetically. Hyenas as far as I know are kind of a closed species, one of the smallest there is or so? Don't remember correctly but I believe they were. They could be 'long distance cousins' in a way but they're not related, despite the similarities... Google should clarify if you're specially interested in the topic.
By the way, I don't know the reasons why they used a hyena in that film, but I guess it was related to being a rather unseen creature, not like wolfs that were pretty common for the public. Wild dogs may have had almost the same impact but they're less 'scary' and more 'cute' in the way they move and such... Still one that looked like this one could have very well worked.
Right. I just figured that the hyena was unfamiliar and exotic to the audience of that time, bringing a sense of the 'otherwordly' to the image. Also, hyenas do have that chimeric quality of a mix between distinct species...
Indeed. I guess it would be a really fair point of view in judging why was that specimen chosen instead of a real wolf... To this day, I wouldn't want it different even if it does seem misleading or confusing.
Wild dogs are closely related to domestic dogs foxes and family grouping of canids. The hyenas have a completely different jaw structure, one reason of the few reasons for the seprate classification aswell as their sloping back.