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Straight From The Customer: Who Knew Hyenas Liked Bowling?

From time to time we like to share some of the stories that the people we meet through our site send to us. We received a very unique and uplifting message the other day from a volunteer at a wildlife refuge called Wildlife Waystation. We learned a lot about a very interesting animal! Here is the original message we received:

These bowling balls were not for me personally. I volunteer at the Wildlife Waystation which takes care of wild and exotic animals for life. We are always looking for items to enrich them in their enclosures and these were for a hyena I work with named Kasane. Kasane does some trained behaviors and I thought he would like these balls to play with. It is hard to get things that he will not eat, hyenas have the strongest jaw in the the land animal kingdom. I have put boomer balls in with him but he bites them until they are totally destroyed. I need balls undrilled as his teeth would get stuck in the holes and break off. Kasane was a little scared of them at first (not a brave hyena) but once he knew they were ok he started pushing them around and trying to pick them up, so they are a hit. If you have any rejects on any items the Wildlife Waystation would love to have them. I would pay for shipping and any other charges. We have bears, lions and tigers who also like playing with balls. You can check out the Waystation at This is non profit facility and it takes over $1.5M a year to feed, house and take care of their medical and psychological needs. Thanks for anything you can help these animals with.

-Whoops of thanks from Kasane the Spotted Hyena.

The Wildlife WayStation is a national non-profit, holding rehabilitation, medical and problem solving refuge for native, wild and exotic animals located in the Angeles National Forest of California.

The refuge is a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week operation, which provides the animals with everything from hospital facilities and medicine, to nurturing and TLC. There is a large and varied range of animals treated at the Wildlife WayStation. These include all types of large cats (lions, tigers, bobcats, leopards, jaguars, and even a ‘ligress’), primates, bears, opossums, foxes, hyenas, reptiles, wolves, deer and all types of birds.

The Wildlife WayStation is a national non-profit, charitable organization, supported solely through donations, bequests, fundraising events, memberships and animal sponsorship programs.

If you'd like to learn more about or donate to the Wildlife Waystation, please visit
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