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Transcript of Fennec fox
Fennec foxes can be kept as pets, although they are not very common. They behave much like dogs, but since they are not domesticated they do require careful socialization as well as precautions against escape to be an owner of these exotic pets you must have your house checked to make sure it is big enough or in the right habitat.
By Ochre McGregor
The fennec fox or Vulpes zerda is the smallest fox in the world. It is nocturnal and found in the Sahara of North Africa. It is the smallest member of the dog family. The most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which serve to dispel heat. They are at least concern on a conservation status; except for being hunted by natives .Also they can be kept as exotic pets.
The species is found in North Africa and Asia. The range is from Morocco through to Egypt, as far south as northern Niger and as far east as the Sinai Peninsula and Kuwait.
A fennec fox's typical den is dug in sand, either in open areas or places sheltered by plants with stable sand dunes.
The fennec fox is carnivore, eating things like rodents, insects, birds and eggs. They can jump up to 2 feet (61 cm) and 4 feet (120 cm) forward which helps them catch prey and escape predators. When hunting they tend to look at the ground and turn there head side to side using there large ears as navigation.
It must be hard to stay alive in the boiling 90 Celsius average temperature but they can beacuse their distinctive, batlike ears radiate body heat and help keep the foxes cool. They also have long, thick hair that insulates them during cold nights and protects them from hot sun during the day. Even the fox's feet are hairy, which helps them perform like snowshoes and protects them from extremely hot sand.
A female fennec fox is able to breed twice a year but most female fennec foxes only breed once a year. The female fennec fox gives birth to 3 to 4 baby fennec foxes, known as kits; At birth, these little foxes are barely an ounce in weight their skin is charcoal grey where the dark markings will be in their hair when they are adults. The fennec fox kits feed on the milk from the mother fennec fox for about a month. When the kits are old enough they start to hunt with their mother. Fennec foxes life span is about 12 years in captivity and 10 in the wild. There death is mostly because of predators or old age, and sometimes over heating, but rarely.
Fennecs are easily trainable and keep their bodies very clean. They can be trained to a litter box. They are also great walking companions if you are willing to train them to a leash. They can learn to sit, fetch and chase and the names of certain toys or people. They can learn their own name. They know which cat will play with them and which one won't. They know where they are fed and the sound of their treat bag rustling. If you want to train them you be partient becasuse it takes a while.