In a clip shared by Latest Sightings, a hyena was seen frolicking in a watering hole in the Kruger National Park area, swimming what looks like the backstroke. The viral moment has blown bubbles online since then.
Hyenas are generally recognized for their scavenging habits. However, it is surprising that scavenging is not the only thing hyenas are good at. They also make incredible hunters and even swimmers.
On this particular morning, videographer Lambert Fourie was relaxing at the waterhole, hoping and waiting for animals to arrive and drink. However, as luck would have it, nothing came to drink, but a hyena came to swim.
The hyena seemed hesitant at first and was constantly looking over its shoulder. Eventually, he settled down and carefully slipped into the water. It was slow initially, but then he dove in and increased its pace. Soaking up the muddy water in the morning heat, he had a blast of its life."
Mr. Lambert said, "I could hardly believe my eyes as the hyena began to perform what could only be described as a backstroke. With all four paws in the air, he was splashing about without a care in the world."
The video of the Hyenas swimming has captivated viewers on YouTube. Hyenas are often seen as land animals and not water lovers. While not all hyenas can swim or do the backstroke, these resourceful mammals have been recognized for utilizing water sources for a variety of reasons. They sit in shallow pools to cool themselves on hot days, partake in social interactions such as grooming and playing sports, or even seek out prey that relies on waterholes for survival.
The lonely hyena was joined by another clan member after several minutes of practice and play. The new clan didn't look too fond of doing any swimming but rather just stayed at the water's edge and watched his friend swim about."
Water is a vital part of all lives, both animals and humans. It is often the center of survival for many. The next time you visit a National Park, be sure to stop at the waterholes. You will just be surprised. You may even witness something truly extraordinary.
According to the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Hyenas are considered 'good swimmers,' but the backstroke is something even fellow hyenas might laugh at that.