They do get so much stick for being smelly and disgusting because, along with vultures, their role is to clean up the grasslands of Africa. Personally, I love spending time with Hyenas, especially if you can find an active den. This was taken at the famous roadside den near Shingwedzi in the Kruger National park.
Three pups and an elder sibling had been left to fend for themselves while the adults were away. This little tyke was walking around asserting his dominance over all the others, and the interaction was great to watch.