Hunting by Hearing

My, what big ears you have.

No, I’m not repeating a portion of a popular fairy tale. And the animal is not a wolf – large, evil, or otherwise. And certainly not talking.

Today’s zoo statue features a much smaller hunter. A native of the African savanna, this fellow uses his acute hearing to locate his insect prey. This adaptation gives rise to his name — Bat Eared Fox.

Imagine if you will — a trio of these listening intently, then dashing off to dine on a colony of termites. Yum, yum. Food and water both in one tasty bite. They will hear you coming — and likely hide in a convenient den.

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