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Introduction: The bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis) is so named because of its large ears, which are characteristic of the species. They belong to the same family as (but are not) jackals, of which they resemble but are smaller in build than. Other characteristic features are the broadly black tipped bushy tail (around 25cm long), and black limbs. They are monogamous creatures and can often be found in groups comprising of just a mated pair and their offspring. Predators of the fox include large birds of prey, spotted hyenas and larger cats. If a family member is caught, other bat-eared foxes will attempt to rescue it by bravely attacking the predator using harassment techniques which include ankle-biting. Although not noisy animals they can also be heard calling one another with shrill ‘who-who-who’ calls. They mark their territorial boundaries by urinating on bushes and trees. The bat-eared fox is an endangered species, mainly due to the trade in their skins... read more  Read More

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