Fennecs are not a popular type of fox. In case you never in fact have heard of one, Fennecs are a type of fox found in the Sahara Desert and also in North Africa. Fennec Foxes, however, vary greatly compared to other foxes because of their unique traits.
They are very special additions to the desert because they are the only animals that are carnivores in the Sahara Desert. Being nocturnal animals they have a greatprivilege because they do not have to deal with the climate in the day such as the scorching heat. Their ears (similar to the shape of bats ears) help radiate heat within the Fennecs body to keep it cool. However, at night in the desert it tends to get very cold, the thick hair covering their body helps cover their body. The hair covers their entire body, even including their feet! This fur also helps protect their small paws from the extremely hot sand. It is important that their feet remain in good condition because they need them for digging to make dens in the sand to live in. Due to the fact that they live in underground dens, the hair is essential because it helps protect their bare skin from the scorching hot sand and hot rays of the sun. This also helps them protect themselves from predators by hiding in these dens.
It is still debated whether or not a Fennec Fox does indeed belong to the fox category. They show similar traits when compared with a cat or ferret. It is proven that most foxes only have 35 to 39 chromosome pairs depending upon which species they are, but the Fennec only has 32 chromosome pairings. This is a remarkable difference because they have a greater difference in traits then a normal fox and they have less chromosome pairings.
Do you think Fennecs belong in the category under foxes or under their own and why? Fennecs are sometimes a domesticated, do you think this is a good idea, getting back to the fact they are wild animals, who live in the desert?