Nigeria's Hyena Men Put Maligned Animals Centre Stage

22 August 2021 09:14 WIB

Dadin Duniya sits on a hyena during a circus in Gabasawa, Kano State, Nigeria, July 27, 2021. A hyena may not be your average house pet, but in northern Nigeria some men keep the creatures in their homes, display them at festivals and even use their dung or saliva to make remedies. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Dadin Duniya sits on a hyena during a circus in Gabasawa, Kano State, Nigeria, July 27, 2021. Abdullahi Jahun comes from a line of hyena men, as they are called. He learnt how to tame and handle a hyena from his father, and now makes a living from touring around northern Nigeria to entertain crowds with his own animal. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

21 Agustus 2021 00:00 WIB

A hyena stands chained to its handler at a circus in Gabasawa, Kano State, Nigeria, July 27, 2021. Jahun and his hyena usually appear alongside other street performers such as snake charmers, drummers and dancers. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

21 Agustus 2021 00:00 WIB

Abdullahi Jahun, 24, pulls a hyena on top of himself during a circus in Gabasawa, Kano State, Nigeria, July 27, 2021. Jahun learnt how to tame and handle a hyena from his father and now makes a living from touring around northern Nigeria to entertain crowds with his own animal. "This was my job from when I started walking as a child," said Jahun. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

21 Agustus 2021 00:00 WIB

A hyena belonging to Yaya Kawu, known as "hyena man", is seen chained in Rano, Kano State, Nigeria, July 23, 2021. Hyenas are often viewed as repulsive and sinister, partly due to their scavenging habits in the wild, but in northern Nigeria some men keep the creatures in their homes, display them at festivals and even use their dung to make remedies. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

21 Agustus 2021 00:00 WIB

Children scatter in panic after a small boy in a red t-shirt attempts to scare them with a snake outside Yaya Kawu's home in Rano, Kano State, Nigeria, July 23, 2021. Kawu, who lives with a hyena and several snakes says his animals are considered part of normal life in his community. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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