Small Object of Desire #59 – The Hyena and Other Men

Cruising the byways and alleyways of the information super highway as restlessly as I do, it’s inevitable that I sometimes stumble into dubious digital cul-de-sacs. When that happens, the best option is usually to turn tail and get the hell out of Dodge. However, sometimes the link roads lead to some far-flung part of the world (wide, webbed) that encourages me to stay for a while, glutting on as much information as I can find on the subject. 
 

So it was with the Hyena Handlers of Abuja, Nigeria. These pictures are pretty arresting, right? I didn’t realise how big a hyena is in comparison to a man. Look at the massive shoulders and fearsome mandibles on these beasties! Apparently, these men are entertainers and they’ve got the scars from claws and teeth to prove it. That’s hardcore in any language. Read about how South African photographer Pieter Hugo came to hang out with these men. 
 

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