World's Smallest Species of Fox Has Biggest Ears You've Ever Seen
The animal’s characteristically ginormous ears can measure up to six inches long
Don’t worry — it’s totally okay to stare!
Two newborn fennec foxes now available for public viewing at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo in New York are all ears — and, judging by the smirk in this photo, these wise guys are ready for any cheap shots that may come their way (so bring it).
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The animal’s characteristically ginormous ears — which can measure up to six inches long — are often found quite literally to the ground. The wing-like appendages aid in their ability to hear prey even when it is underground. Their ears also help regulate body temperature by dispersing heat, the zoo says.
These nocturnal creatures are the world’s smallest species of fox and are now the latest pocket-animal on our Christmas list. Hey, you’ve gotta start early!