A Spotted Hyena female (?alpha female) steals carrion from a young male. L image: female approaches the young male with his bone; 2 center images: the female chases and nips the backside of the male, causing him to drop the carrion; R image: the male watches as she runs off with his meal. This female could have been the clan's alpha female or a high ranking female. In a clan, the males are subservient to the adult females, who are largerand stronger. The males, except for the mate or male progeny of the alpha female, have no authority in a clan. Males do not play with the cubs, and have no role in their upbringing, nor do they sleep in the same burrow with the females. The alpha female is the head of the clan and makes all the decisions; her progeny are automatically high-ranked. If she is killed, her progeny then lose their rank. [Kuando, Botswana].