Wacky Weekend: Animal Ears

These creatures are all ears! Check out the incredible listening devices of the jackrabbit, caracal, fennec fox, and other animals in the photo gallery below.

Scientists think tufts of hair on the tips of a caracal’s ears might help its hearing. That’s good news for the caracal—but bad news for the antelope and rodents it’s listening for in its African and Asian home.
Photograph by Yossi Eshbol, FLPA, Minden Pictures
As winter approaches, Eurasian red squirrels grow thick tufts of hair on their ears to stay warm.
As winter approaches, Eurasian red squirrels grow thick tufts of hair on their ears to stay warm.
Photograph by Jack Folkers, Buiten – beeld, Minden Pictures