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Hyena Handlers in Lagos

A group of man, a little girl, three hyenas, four monkey and a few rock pythons. It turned out that they were a group of itinerant minstrels, performers who used the animals to entertain crowds and sell traditional medicines.

Photographer Pieter Hugo taken the images of Hyena handlers in Lagos, Nigeria by his cellphone.

A group of man, a little girl, three hyenas, four monkey and a few rock pythons. It turned out that they were a group of itinerant minstrels, performers who used the animals to entertain crowds and sell traditional medicines.

The animal handlers were all related to each other and were practicing a tradition passed down from generation to generation.

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