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Bat-eared Fox - All ears A Bat-eared Fox on full alert, using its ginormous ears for detecting the slightest of noise.  <br />
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This animal is greatly loved in Namibia.  It preys on especially termites (it can hear them burrowing in their tunnels underground - thus the large ears) and other insects which causes damage to crop farmers etc.  It is also highly protected by the Government.  Illegal killing of this animal hardy exists.   Bat-eared fox,Geotagged,Namibia,Otocyon megalotis,Spring,alert,curious,cute,ears,fox,listen Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Bat-eared Fox - All ears

A Bat-eared Fox on full alert, using its ginormous ears for detecting the slightest of noise.

This animal is greatly loved in Namibia. It preys on especially termites (it can hear them burrowing in their tunnels underground - thus the large ears) and other insects which causes damage to crop farmers etc. It is also highly protected by the Government. Illegal killing of this animal hardy exists.

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  1. How fabulous! You have a whole range of incredible image, but in terms of interestingness, this is one of my favorites! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy. If this species wasn't so shy, I would have a ton of pictures of just them. They are very entertaining. Posted 6 years ago
  2. Reminds me of an evil Disney creature. Posted 6 years ago
    1. How good is this photo it would also be one of my favourites for sure. Posted 6 years ago
      1. Thanks for that Back Water Fox ... a funny animal. Personally the colorful birds and other animals are more pleasing to my eye, but because this is such a gentle and much loved animal, he becomes gorgeous. Posted 6 years ago
    2. For sure. The name Bat Eared Fox fits perfectly. The loose and heavy fur is another oddity of this animal, living in a very warm environment. Thanks for commenting. Posted 6 years ago
  3. From today's Facebook post:

    Listen up! The bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis), a nocturnal insectivore, can be found on the African savannah. It’s named for its gigantic ears (shocker?). The species name ‘megalotis’ comes from the Greek words ‘mega’ (large) and ‘otus’ (ear). Their ears grow to be about 13 cm long! This is crazy considering the fox only has a shoulder height of 30-40 cm tall! The ears basically make up about a third of the fox’s height!

    Why do bat-eared foxes have such enormous ears? Their ears are important for thermoregulation: they are loaded with blood vessels that shed heat to keep the foxes cool. And, for the bat-eared fox, big ears mean good hearing.

    Can you imagine being able to hear underground larvae gnawing on dung beetle balls, the soft tread of a beetle, or termites chewing on grass? The bat-eared fox doesn’t have to imagine these things because it excels at hearing the imperceptible sounds of nature. The foxes walk slowly with their ears pointed towards the ground. They listen intently, tracking unsuspecting insects moving about beneath the surface. Once located, the foxes quickly dig up and devour the tasty insects. Not only are insects a great source of protein, but they provide an invaluable source of water.

    Surviving on a diet of insects requires a few important adaptations. Bat-eared foxes have about 50 teeth, which is more than most mammals have. Their teeth are sharp, and are perfect for quickly and efficiently chewing up insects that are creeping about in the foxes’ mouths. They also have a special digastric muscle that enables them to open and close their jaw five times per second! Remarkable! {Spotted in Namibia by JungleDragon user, Living Wild} #JungleDragon #batearedfox #fox #Otocyonmegalotis
    Posted one year ago
  4. Oh! I'm totally in love with it, it's so sweet! Posted one year ago

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The bat-eared fox is a species of fox found on the African savanna, named for its large ears, which are used for thermoregulation. Fossil records show this canid to first appear during the middle Pleistocene, about 800,000 years ago. It is considered a basal canid species, resembling ancestral forms of the family.

The bat-eared fox has tawny fur with black ears, legs and parts of the pointed face. It averages 55 cm in length , with ears 13 cm long. It is the only species in the genus.. more

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded Feb 5, 2015. Captured Dec 3, 2014 17:30 in D2845, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/7.1
  • 1/664s
  • ISO400
  • 500mm