These adorable desert natives may be among the most recognizable on this list of burrowing cuties, because it has become popular to keep captive fennec foxes (Vulpes zerda) as pets. However, these tiniest of the canids are non-domesticated exotic creatures endemic to the Sahara region of northern Africa, not anyone's living room. Fennecs can range in size from 16 to 28 inches full-grown, and weigh 2 to 3 pounds on average.
Their huge ears (which can be half as long as their whole body!) help keep them cool throughout the scorching Sahara days, when they sleep in their burrows to avoid direct contact with the sun. Like kangaroo rats, fennecs are so suited to desert life that they don't need to drink, getting all their water from the plants in their omnivorous diet. For the chilly desert nights when they go out foraging, these little foxes have thick coats of fur to help them keep warm. The fennec below sniffing out someone else's burrow was one of two released back into the desert of Dahab, Egypt by some kind neighbors who came across them.