Saturday, May 26, 2012

Foxy!


This strange looking critter is a bat-eared fox, a native of Africa, currently a resident of the St. Louis Zoo.  This fox is an insectivore, using his large ears to locate his prey.  Over 80% of his diet is the harvester termite.  If those are not available, he will consume other kinds of termites, and have even been known to eat ants, beetles, crickets, and other insects.  He is also occasionally called a cape fox and a black-eared fox.

Even though I hate seeing animals out of their natural habitat, I am grateful for the opportunity to see animals I would never see otherwise.


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17 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Look at those ears, what a cutie. Great critter capture, Linda!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

That IS an odd-looking little creature. One that I've never heard of! Thanks for sharing. (Love his ears!)

onespoiledcat said...

What an interesting little creature! I kind of like his facial expression...and those EARS!

Pam and Sam

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...termites...we have a lot of those down here in the subtropics. Maybe we should consider importing some of these cuties!!!! Sweet, sweet face.

Hope you feel better soon. GET SOME REST.

Stephani Cochran said...

Wow! I've never seem such a creature. He does kinda look ike a bat! I love taking photos of wildlife.

Jan n Jer said...

Wow only a face a Mother could love!!! He serves a really good purpose though!

lina@happy family said...

It's my first time to see it. Strange looking but interesting!

Tina´s PicStory said...

i have never seen such a fox! great shot! :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

'ear 'ear!! I agree Linda, it does sort of make you feel bad for animals in the zoo, but on the other hand it does give folk who would have no chance whatsoever to see them, that opportunity..and they're usually very well fed and looked after, so hopefully not all bad! hope you have a great weekend.

TexWisGirl said...

really cool!

Rita said...

I have to admit it has been a few years since we last went to the zoo. Sad, considering that St. Louis has one of the best zoos in the country and it is still totally free.

I must have missed this little guy last trip. You have shamed me by posting something about my hometown that I have never seen.

Pat said...

What a great little animal!

Red said...

I agree with you that to see these creatures in captivity isn't nice but we do get a chance to see them.

Jann Olson said...

Really intersting animal Linda. The face looks just like a bat. Kind of scary actually. The fox is my youngest daughters favorite animal. I think she might think twice about this one. lol! I do seeing and learning about unusual animals.
Hugs,
Jann

Pia said...

I never saw this sort of fox. Wow that ears! Your phhoto looks like taken in the wildlife.

NixBlog said...

What a strange looking creature, it looks like a bat!

Jessica Cassidy said...

beautiful fox indeed! great shot too
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