I think Hyenas are beautiful in a very dangerous, rugged kind of way. They're also fascinating. Hyenas are led by their females (who are nearly twice as large as the males) and they travel in family packs (much like wolves).
In spotted-hyena families, ladies rule the roost. Females are bigger and stronger, winning the spots in the pack hierarchy and intimidating the males. The guys are so afraid of the females that fathers will take commands from their little girls. If a dad behaves nicely, his daughters will treat them kindly when they become adults. Credit: Thinkstock
Striped Hyena - though dog-like in appearance & some behaviour, hyena are not canids at all. They are in the feliforma family & are related to civets & cats. The striped hyena is probably the most attractive of the four species of hyena.