Fennec Fox

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This is a Fennec Fox

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They are a small nocturnal fox,

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found in the Sahara desert, in North Africa

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You might have noticed, he has really big ears

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That helps to dissipate heat 

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by increasing the surface area to body mass ratio

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This means more blood is close to the surface

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which makes internal cooling a lot easier.

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It’s not a unique strategy in nature

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There are other animals that use big ears to dissipate heat

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Some are much bigger

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like the elephant

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but they all have something in common

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They tend to live in hot climates… and are extremely cute!

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