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Published on Oct 18, 2010
Here's some footage of some really cool training with hyenas at the Denver Zoo. The reinforcer is ground beef and it's given to the animals through a little chute. What you're seeing is mostly husbandry behaviors -- behaviors that make it easy for the trainers and veterinarians to take a look at and take care of the animal easily and with as little stress on the animal as possible. You'll see the hyenas open their mouths on cue, offer a leg for blood draws, and all kinds of cool stuff. Kinda makes you wonder why people have a hard time trimming their dog's nails after seeing this, huh?!