First of all, despite their reputation for being slobbering, filthy scavangers, some species of hyena are actually very efficient hunters. They are also highly intelligent, equal in intelligence to some ape species.
Another particularly unusual and interesting fact about the hyena is the presense of a psuedo-penis on the female hyenas. Read more about this and other interesting facts on Wikipedia.
So maybe you'll think about these animals in a new way as you enjoy some hyena paintings by some wonderful wildlife artists.
Subject: Spotted Hyena