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Kenya rangers care for 3 abandoned hyena cubs


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The tiny hyena sucking on Dr. Kariuki Edward's gloved finger will be able to bite through steel and crack open bones when it grows up.

But for now the male hyena cub and his two sisters lie helpless in Edward's hands, lulled by warm milk and the attention of caregivers.

The three striped hyena cubs were abandoned by their mother and are now being cared for by the Kenya Wildlife Service at the animal orphanage in Nairobi National Park. Visitors will be able to see them after they grow a bit bigger.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists striped hyenas as "near threatened." The global population is estimated to be less than 10,000 mature individuals.

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