Available in October 2007 just around Halloween, the Hyena was a surprise, Limited Edition.
Some people had a Batman themed sim and they wanted a hyena, the Joker's pet. Mr. Genosse is big-time Batman fan, so the project piqued his interest. He created it at his workshop that used to be at Rhoda and decided to put the hyena out for two weeks at Halloween.
Once the Hyenas were removed from the VKC™ Dog Parks, it was expected that they would never be available again, except by purchase from another resident. But the Hyena proved to be irrepressibly popular and, in October 2009, Mr. Genosse re-released the Hyena for a second very limited time.
When Mr. Genosse released the Hyenas ever so briefly again at Halloween 2010, there was something special about the them. One out of every 13 Hyenas turned out to be the very rare Albino Hyena, with a white coat and glowing red eyes.
* The Hyena does not bark. Instead, like an actual hyena, it emits a laughing sound. Also, although it has the command for wagging its tail, no self-respecting hyena would ever obey such a command and actually wag its tail.
While you might not want to pet a real hyena, petting a VKC hyena has its rewards. The avatar kneels in front of the hyena and reaches out to caress either side of his face and muzzle. The hyena responds to this caring attention with a big smile and, perhaps, just a hint of a tail wag.
You can use the commands color and tint with the Hyena and the entire animal, except the muzzle, will change color. When working with color, it is important to remember the natural color of the Hyena's coat, as this will affect the colors you choose. It is not possible, for example, to have a white Hyena.
Note that if you use the command tint -1 to restore the true colors to the hyena, the rims of the eyes will be white and the insides of the ears will be the wrong color also. A quick trip to the Dog Clinic will turn everything back to its natural color.
The color of the collar on the hyena can be changed using the collar and c-color commands.
Limited release: September 2007, October 2009, October 2010
The VKC Hyena and the VKC Albino Hyena
One of the first photographs of a rare Albino Hyena
The original Hyena extends a friendly paw
See section on Color Options for explanation of coloring and tinting the hyena.