Hyena cub on display at Denver Zoo

4:12 PM, Nov 12, 2009   |    comments
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Kai was born at the Denver Zoo back in August and is now 3-months-old. He usually stays pretty close to his mom.

Kai had dark black fur on his face as a 1-month-old, but now at 3 months, his fur has lightened in color, as seen in photos provided by Dave Parsons of the Denver Zoo.

Hyenas generally get a bad rap, especially following the Disney movie, The Lion King, and a lot of people don't find the beauty in them and see then as unintelligent scavengers. The Denver Zoo says they are actually one of the most intelligent mammals on the planet. They say researchers have compared their intelligence to that of a great-ape, one of the closest relatives to humans.

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