DungbeetleThe dung beetle lays 1 or 2 eggs and encloses them in a ball (shown here) it rolls out of animal dung. It then buries the ball about 6 inches underground. If the ball isn’t disturbed, the baby dung beetles will burrow out.

But the bat-eared fox ­ with its large ears ­ can actually hear the baby beetles 6 inches underground, and will dig them up, break open the casing, and eat them. Seems like an awful lot of work for a little bite to eat.

(From a 2002 trip to Kenya.)


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