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A Guide to the: Bat-Eared Fox - Otocyon megalotis


The Bat-Eared Fox has good hearing and huge ears measuring up to 13 cm in length. It is a small harmless animal which feeds on insects, mice and wild fruit. They are partly nocturnal, and will take cover on a hot day. The bonding of these animals is strong, and it is possible for a pair to bond for a lifetime. The offspring (usually 3 to 5 young) are born in a burrow. They are neither true foxes nor true jackals, and have a habit of twisting and dodging when being pursued, in order to confuse and shake off their pursuer.

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