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What is an African pit bull?

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The African pit bull is a captive hyena used in fight rings or kept as a pet. Hyenas are actually unrelated to the dog family, instead belonging to Feliformia, or the family of cat-like carnivores. Four species of hyena exist across Africa and parts of Asia.

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Hyenas feature many similarities to dogs despite their classification. The body shape of the hyena is stocky in the torso and resembles a wolf. Non-retractable claws are another similarity to members of Caniformia and Canidae. Despite these likenesses, their grooming, mating and parental behaviors are consistent with that of other members of Feliformia. Hyenas are mostly nocturnal but occasionally forage in the early morning. Group activity is usually not a trait of the hyena, although families may live together.

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