How does the fennec fox survive the scorching heat of the Sahara Desert? Believe it or not, it has a lot to do with those gigantic ears! A fox’s ears do more than hear. They also give off heat to keep the animal cool. So the bigger the ears, the more heat they give off. (This also explains why the arctic fox has tiny ears.)

The thick fur on its body protects it from the blazing Sun, and the fur on its feet help it walk across hot desert sand. The fennec fox also stays cool is by hunting at night, when the desert cools down.

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