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Meet the bat-eared fox, a little canid that roams the plains of Africa

It's neither a fennec, nor a fox, but a little-known canid with huge ears. Meet the bat-eared fox.

This is the bat-eared fox

This is a little-known canid that roams the plains and savannas of Africa. It looks like a crossbreed between a fox and a fennec, but it’s a different species. They are found in two different areas of the continent. There, this small animal measuring between 46 and 66 cm long leads the life of a burrower, digging a network of tunnels in which a monogamous breeding pair takes shelter with its babies. A couple’s territory usually spans over 0,25 to 1,5 km2. Its diet: mainly insects and arthropods. Termites and dung beetles can make up 80% of its diet, and it depends on these insects for its water supply. It also uses its large ears, measuring between 11 and 13 cm long, to detect the presence of these insects around him.

Another notable feature: of all the canids, it has the most teeth. This is a consequence of its insectivore diet, which has made his teeth smaller and more numerous: between 46 and 60. Marginally hunted by some local people for its fur, it’s not considered endangered and its population is stable.

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03/08/2020 7:31 AM
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77 comments

  • Kari K.
    06/20/2020 22:22

    https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/bat-eared-fox

  • Flora R.
    06/13/2020 08:22

    woow

  • Angie C.
    06/11/2020 23:48

    it’s Sofia

  • David O.
    06/11/2020 19:01

    You said it’s not a fox, then you said it’s a bat-eared fox. What is it?

  • Ryan F.
    06/11/2020 15:08

    Ugh, hunting..when will the insanity stop!

  • Carol M.
    06/11/2020 13:14

    Who’s da fox? Yoda Fox!

  • Petit B.
    06/11/2020 12:56

    le tonton du bled de Zizis

  • Sam R.
    06/11/2020 12:27

    it's a chihuahua with big ears

  • Rox L.
    04/03/2020 07:11

    Sorry but at 1:43 it's definitely not a bat-eared fox! Maybe a jackal or another fox

  • Katrina M.
    04/02/2020 18:52

    😍 show Alf xx

  • Dudz C.
    04/02/2020 13:00

    T.

  • Renee S.
    04/02/2020 12:04

    Cute little guy.

  • Sade M.
    04/02/2020 12:03

    Esa jeta de bella 😊🖤

  • Lorraine Y.
    04/01/2020 00:57

    powerhouse ears!! this is an animal that doesn't want to get eaten and likes to eat ;)

  • Deb A.
    03/31/2020 18:39

    Linda SkSkamanis!!

  • Marg D.
    03/31/2020 16:33

    Thank you for this story, so interesting

  • Diana C.
    03/31/2020 12:44

    Such beautiful creatures, their ears are amazing.x

  • Shaun C.
    03/31/2020 08:17

    It's great that the Chinese haven't eaten them all!!!!

  • Joan M.
    03/31/2020 04:37

    Bat fox fox..cute little things..

  • Nancy C.
    03/31/2020 01:56

    Wow