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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.

Brut.

03/08/2020 7:31 AM

65 comments

  • Mandy D.
    10/20/2020 15:25

    End the poaching. The government must protect its treasures. We envy of everything that Africa possesses from people & their cultures, minerals & its worth, all kinds of beautiful animals. You should protect it before it's gone.

  • 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

  • Brett M.
    03/31/2020 00:29

    dont tell the wet market owners.

  • Laurence D.
    03/30/2020 08:38

    why show a jackal at -0.20 then?

  • David E.
    03/30/2020 00:06

    Who is Len Rossmann when it is roosmann ????? Auntie Eva Did you take a German citizenship???

  • Ralph J.
    03/29/2020 22:51

    I thought nature was quieter...? Is that their band?

  • Giovanni P.
    03/29/2020 18:32

    Amazingly,awesomely educational informative 👍🏼

  • Patricia B.
    03/29/2020 12:23

    Lovely animal. Especially those ears!!

  • David E.
    03/29/2020 07:28

    💖💖💖💖🐾🐾🐾

  • Mario O.
    03/29/2020 05:14

    Se parese a ty. Jajajajajaja

  • Ken C.
    03/28/2020 19:59

    Beautiful thank you for this Showing This SO interesting

  • Phil L.
    03/28/2020 19:56

    Wonder if slugs would be part of their diet if they lived in the northern wet countries...sure would be helpful. A beautiful animal.

  • Chloris T.
    03/28/2020 18:05

    The other insect I've always loved is the tsongalola….we used to get HUGE ones (and huge earthworms as well) in Pietermaritzburg. I went to the butterfly farm near Birmingham, England and caused a bit of a kerfuffle by bursting into tears when I saw them there....they even got the Manager out to calm me down!! I couldn't talk at the beginning...had to let the wave of sadness go before I could talk normally again. It's the unexpected which catches you by surprise.

  • Chloris T.
    03/28/2020 18:02

    I've always enjoyed watching dung beetles....they are such industrious little insects...so determined to get to where they want to go...they will surmount huge obstacles to get there.

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