Monday, July 10, 2006
If Disney were to cast cartoon animals as Civil War generals, which animals would play Nathan Bedford Forrest, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Jubal Early?
As to Nathan Bedford Forrest, I would say the spotted hyena. In the first place, look at him!
"Separated at birth?"
Secondly, they are recognized to have possibly the most powerful bite of any carnivore, which would correspond with his fearsome attacks that often resulted in his overwhelming much larger forces (Battle of Brice's Corners); they will often chase prey over long distances (e.g., Chickamauga); and they absolutely devastate their prey (Fort Pillow). Hyenas literally eat the bones of their prey, giving their scat a "swirl cone" look.
Finally, hyenas socially live in clans.