I saw this cute furry animal from a Pier 1 Import ad recently.
I was thinking it was a fox, but exactly what type of fox I wasn’t sure.
Then M told me these are probably a desert fox due to it’s large ears. As large ears help to radiate body heat and help them keep cool.
And he’s right, they are fennec fox found in the desert of North Africa.
There are many type of desert foxes, but the cutest and smallest one of them all is fennec fox.
Fennec foxes are found in the Saharan desert. The term fennec comes from Arabic meaning fox. They live in underground sandy dens with up to ten other fennec foxes. Being nocturnal helps them stay cool when hunting at night.
It’s a luxe life for the fennec fox! Photo from Pier 1 Imports.
Some more info about fennec fox from National Geographic:
“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.
The fox’s feet are also effective shovels for frequent diggingâ€”fennec foxes live in underground dens.”
Like many other foxes, their fur is in high demand.
The Fennec Fox is classified as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List. It is not endangered but it’s trade has to be controlled. Humans hunt them even though they do no pose any harm, such as effecting livestock.
This is a photo of a 10 month old fennec fox. Looks like they are ready to put him up for adoption on the “exotic” animal trade.
I guess that’s better than being skinned for your fur. Although I’m sure he would prefer to run wild with other fennecs in the Sahara Desert.
Instead of wanting an exotic pet like the fennec fox, maybe find a Chihuahua (dog) or cat at your local animal shelter. They are about the same size and really need a home. I’ve seen many cats and dogs that have the same “foxy” face as fennecs. Especially if they have the cream or white color fur.
I am thinking after people see the ad from Pier 1 Imports, it would only encourage people to want them as family pets. That would be fine only if the fennec foxes are in danger and need a loving home.
Photo from Wikipedia.