10 Cutest Baby Animals of the Desert



Image: Charles Barilleaux

Small, cute and furry, these baby animals are the complete opposite of the harsh environments in which they were born. With their extreme temperatures and arid climates, deserts are not easy places to bring up babies – as you can probably imagine! But these are not just any babies: they all belong to species that have adapted to the challenging desert habitat.


Image: Tambako the Jaguar

10. Fennec Fox

Take a look at this adorable little one. This is a baby fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) of the Sahara Desert, a small example of the smallest canid in the world. No doubt you’ve noticed its enormous pair of ears. Fennec foxes have amazingly good hearing and can even detect prey underground, but this is just one of their adaptations to the desert environment. Others include kidneys that have adapted to cut down on water loss, and thick fur, which reflects the sun’s heat during the day and keeps them warm at night.

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