Squee Sunday: Fennec foxes

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Fennec foxes (Vulpes zerda) live in the Sahara desert, and they’re the smallest of the canid family.

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Those enormous, cute ears are to dissipate heat, but they also allow them to hear prey .moving underground. They mostly eat insects, small mammals and birds.

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These days some people keep them as an exotic pet, and they can live up to 14 years in captivity. As usual, there’s a snag. Some of the people who catch them from the wild treat them very badly.

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And here’s some pet fennec puppies having their first bath.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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