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"Grandmother, what big ears you have!”

"All the better to hear with, my child."

Meet the Bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis), a sly and sinister-looking member of the canid family that lives in the savanna of southern and eastern Africa. They use those incredibly awesome ears to detect delicious harvester termites, which comprise 80-90% of their diet.

To date no one has caught them using those marvelous ears as wings, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

Head over to Ark in Space for additional info and photos.

Photos by Rene Mayorga, Rene Rivers, Martha de Jong-Lantink, Charles D P Miller, Mario Pineda, and Shaun Dunphy respectively.

[via Kuriositas]