"as a hyena loped past"

Striped Hyena
Creative Commons AttributionStriped Hyena - Credit: Just chaos
A hyena is a carnivorous animal found in parts of Africa and Asia.  They are hunters and scavengers, with digestive systems specially adapated to enable them to eat every part of their prey, including the bones.  They have a laughter-like call which has given them the nickname 'laughing hyenas'.