In fact, virtually every inch of the fennec fox's body was built for the desert - even the fact that when they do find a mate, they stick with them for life. Who wants to be alone in the desert?
Let's start with those giant ... feet. (Don't worry, we'll get to the ears.)
They're big for a reason - and that reason is digging. In a single night, those shovel-like feet can carve out extensive tunnels. We can only imagine the breathtaking underground architecture the world will never see.
It's all, of course, in the name of keeping cool in those sun-scorched climes. That's also why those feet are so thickly padded and covered in hair - perfect for hot-footing it around the desert.
Which brings us to the question you may have skipped to the bottom of this article for - and that we've kindly marked in bold as a courtesy.
Little fox, how did you get those ears?
On average, they're about 6 inches long. Compare that to the rest of their body, which ranges in length from 10 to 16 inches.
The fennec fox is all ears for one very good reason. They act as radiators, regulating the fox's body temperature and dissipating excessive heat. Simply put, they keep our little desert dweller cool even when the sun is screaming obscenities from the heavens.
But they also amp up the fennec fox's adorability factor. And that brings its own kind of heat.