Bat-Eared Fox

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Bat-Eared Fox

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Character Data
Japanese Name: オオミミギツネ
Romanised Name: Oomimigitsune
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Otocyon megalotis
Distribution: Africa
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 13 years
Read More: Bat-eared fox
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Bat-Eared Fox Festival​ (Costume)​ Pavilion Nexon Game

The Bat-Eared Fox is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Bat-Eared Fox has white hair that fades into black at the top. It's completely black at the bangs, and behind it's a beige color instead. She has brown irides with highlights, and has a black and beige ribbon with a biparted color scheme. Said ribbon is attacahed to a solid black collar. She has a beige jacket with black outlines for the lapels and breast pocket, as well as two symmetrically placed ribbons, with an orange undershirt. She has furred black gloves, a black skirt, as well as similarly furred socks - finally, her outfit is completed by black boots. Like all Friends, she has traits of the animal species she belonged to as an animal, which co-exist with her human body. In her case, those are the recognizable immense ears of the bad-eared fox and a tail of the same animal.

Her original design is completely different. Her ears are smaller, her hair is of a different coloration, she has a normal sweater and a gray undershirt, her gloves have fur at the wrists instead of the beginning, similarly, her socks have fur at the ankles, her boot design is slightly different, and her ribbon and skirt are only completely beige. The new design also has lighter eyes.

In Real Life

A Bat-Eared Fox at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Bat-Eared Foxes are a species that can be found in eastern and southern Africa. Those small-sized foxes grow to be around 60 cm tall and, as their name implies, they are known for their large ears which are about 13 cm long. Those ears prove to be useful when hunting, while also being used for thermo regulation. They are usually yellowish gray in color, with lighter underparts and darker tail tip, feet, and area around the eyes and ears.

Bat-Eared Foxes prefer arid habitats and short-grass plains, where they live in underground dens with multiple entrances that protect them from the heat and predators. They can dig those dens themselves, as they are very capable diggers, or modify the ones made by other animals like aardvarks. They live groups of around 5 individuals, breeding annually inside the dens. Parents suckle their offspring during 15 weeks, and the pups don't leave the den until they are 17 days old. They reach adulthood when they are 5 or 6 months old.

They present nocturnal activity and are carnivorous, having adapted very well to the life in the desert by feeding mainly on insects, as they have the advantage of being an abundant food source, and both a nutritious meal and a good source of water. Bat-Eared Foxes use their highly developed and sensitive ears to locate the subterranean sounds of their pray, and have a special muscle arrangement that allows them to chew faster.

References

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15642/0

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Otocyon_megalotis/

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/bat-eared-fox

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