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Real Life Hyena Whisperer Feeds the Smelly Wild Scavengers from His Own Mouth

He even sleeps with a baby hyena in his bed!

Dondi Tiples





You’ve heard of horse whisperers, and then there’s a famous celebrity dog whisperer, but elsewhere in the world, one place boasts of a hyena whisperer. Yes, there’s a guy who actually “talks” to these wild, carnivorous scavengers to keep them from being a danger to other humans.

Hyenas don’t exactly have the best reputations. They’re ugly, dirty, and they smell bad. They eat everything that doesn’t run away, and their sound raises the hair at the back of anyone’s head.

Not Abbas Yusuf, however. People call him the Hyena Man.

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Abbas lives in the walled city of Harar in Eastern Ethiopia. Its a hauntingly beautiful Unesco-recognized site filled with ancient mosques and colorful mazes of alleyways.

Unfortunately, his hometown is also a favorite hyena haunt.

The spotted scavenging animals roam the city streets and rubbish dumps every night, looking for scraps of meat and other waste they could drag home to their caves. The females sometimes give birth in the city’s ditches.

Thanks to Abbas, Harar residents sleep soundly in their beds.

The Hyena Man feeds and often interacts with the wild hyenas of Harar, despite the dangers of getting into close proximity with the vicious wild dogs.

He learned to be a hyena whisperer from his father, Yusuf Mume Salleh, the original Hyena Man, who fed and nurtured hyenas for 45 years before passing the job down to his son.

Abbas has been Harar’s resident Hyena Man for 13 years now.

In fact, he gains the wild animals’ trust by feeding them directly from his mouth!

He shared:

“Hyenas have never attacked the people of Harar after my father started feeding them, unless you harm their babies.

“My father is always thankful that I continued the good work he started and I will pass it onto my children when I grow old.”

Abbas is doing such amazing work with the hyenas that he’s become a popular man about town, especially with the tourists.

Harar’s ancient mosques draw in a lot of visitors to the ancient city, and lately, they’ve flocked to Ethiopia to see Abbas in action.

He even allows tourists to come up close and personal with hyenas he trusts.

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In fact, Abbas is so complacent around the wild dogs that he keeps a baby hyena at home and sleeps with it in his bedroom. He isn’t worried the animal will bite him in his sleep.

He’s even named the hyenas that frequent Harar at night. There’s “Dabbassoo” the “hairy” one, “Tuqan Dilii” the “lazy” one, and “Qallaa” the “skinny” one.

Abbas said:

“I am privileged by God to be a good friend to those misunderstood animals.”


Scientist’s Attempt to Identify World’s Cutest Animal Triggers Intense Twitter Challenge

How can you not love it? Scientist, animal-photographer-enthusiasts and netizens have been tweeting the cutest and heart-melting animal photos.

Susie Steck



Twitter account users have been tweeting lately about this friendly competition dubbed as the #CuteOff tweets which won the hearts of the many people in social media! How can you not love it? Scientist, animal-photographer-enthusiasts, and netizens have been tweeting the cutest animal photos.

Ecologist Anne Hillborn started the craze when she posted the #cuteoff hashtag ranting about her low chances of winning the #cuteoff posts as she spends "too much time taking pics (pictures) of carcasses and pooping animals. And genitalia".

Here at Elite Readers, we listed down our top 15 (not necessarily in order) cute mammals, reptiles, and insects, among others, that would make your heart melt the whole time.

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Woman in Cambodia Believes Dead Husband Reincarnated in Five-Month-Old Calf

Khim Hang says the calf behaves the same way as her husband.

Anne Dominguez



Some people believe living beings continue to exist even after death through reincarnation and rebirth. Meanwhile, a widow in Cambodia believes her husband reincarnated in a five-month-old calf because the animal behaves just like her late husband.

Reincarnation or cyclic existence is a religious or philosophical notion that a living being starts a new life in another physical body or form after each biological death. The concept of reincarnation has been around as early as c. 1500 – c. 500 BCE, predating the Buddha and the Mahavira. It is a central principle of all major Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Khim Hang, 74, is from Kratie province in Cambodia.

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Flock Of Stoned Sheep Wreaks Havoc After Feasting On Weed

They were definitely on a different level of “high.”




Cannabis (or much commonly referred to as 'weed') is well-known for leaving its smoker feeling woolly-headed. Well, in layman’s term, that's called being high. Science suggests that its effects can vary from one person to another, but how exactly it affects one depends on a lot of things (e.g. size, health, weight, etc.). Interestingly, a group of sheep decided to munch marijuana and went to experience the best “meeh” in their life.

In a small village called Rhydypandy, Swansea, a herd of sheep got together and went for a hike. Unbeknownst to their knowledge, they were roaming a field full of weed. Thinking it was their regular green meal, they gave in to the temptation and feasted.

The sheep certainly mistook the cannabis for grass.

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