Creatures With The Most Prolific Ears

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Animals have different types and shapes of ears. But whatever the size, the shape or the appearance of the ears – one thing is definite – they are use primarily for sense of hearing. It also plays a vital role in the sense of balance and body position. See some of the most peculiar ears in the world.

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The man on the above photo is certainly one of the few persons in the world to have the most peculiar and very large pair of ears. I bet you can never sneak on him.

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The most common and popular ornamental for the ears are earrings. Modern fashion for the ears nowadays is to have multiple earrings. Aside from that, some people add large ornaments on their earlobes. These objects are usually larger than the size of the earlobe; they do these by stretching the earlobes.

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The above-photo of a cat is surely bizarre. This cat has four ears, truly peculiar!



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The Long-eared Jerboa is one of the animals with exceptionally large ears in the world in relation to its body size. Its  head and body length measures 70 mm to 90 mm while its tail is double this size, between 150 mm and 163 mm. Like its disproportionately long tail, its hind feet are also large, helping it to jump high, measuring between 40 mm and 46 mm. It weighs 23.7 g to 37.8 g.

The Long-eared Jerboa, a nocturnal mouse-like rodent, can be found in the deserts of Trans Altai Govi Desert and Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

African Elephant

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In over-all size, the African Elephant is the sure winner. Its large pair of ears is 42 inches in diameter or 107 cm. The large flapping ears of an elephant are very important for temperature regulation. On hot days, elephants will flap their ears constantly, creating a slight breeze. This breeze cools the surface blood vessels, and then the cooler blood gets circulated to the rest of the animal’s body. The ears are also used in certain displays of aggression and during the males mating period. Males will fan their ears in an effort to help propel the “elephant’s cologne” in great distances.

Basset Hound

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Many breed of dogs have large ears. One of them is Douglas, a 6 year-old red & white Basset Hound. Basset Hound is an old breed of dog with extremely long ears. It was developed in France and Belgium. The Basset Hound was bred to hunt. He is a slow, trailing dog but with tremendous stamina and deliberateness. It has a nose second to that of a Bloodhound. This dog is peaceful, sensible, affectionate and simply marvelous with children. Bassets are fairly long-lived with a median lifespan of 10-12 years.

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This Basset Hound is believed to be the dog with the largest ears in the whole wide world. Mr. Jeffries, a Bassett hound whose ears are each 11.5 inches long is owned by Phil Jeffries from England.

Long-eared Bat

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Very small creature indeed but it has a prolific pair of ears and with a distinctive fold. The Brown Long-eared Bat or Common Long-eared Bat (Plecotus auritus) is a found in Europe.

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An adult Brown Long-eared Bat has a body length of 4.5-4.8 cm, a tail of 4.1-4.6 cm, and a wing length of 4-4.2 cm. The ears are 3.3-3.9 cm in length, and readily distinguish this from most other bat species. They are relatively slow flyers compared to other bat species.

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Rabbits are popular pets with large ears. Like other jackrabbits, the Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) also known as the Desert Hare has exceptionally large ears. It is common in the US and Mexico where it is found at elevations from sea level to up to 10,000 feet (3000 m).

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Reaching a length of about two feet (60 cm), and a weight from three to six pounds (1.5 to 3 kg), the Black-tailed Jackrabbit is the third largest North American hare.

Long-eared Rabbit

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This picture of a rabbit with very long ears was taken at the 2007 TN State Fair Hello.

Longest Rabbit Ears

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The longest rabbit ears measured 79 cm in a complete span on November 1, 2003 at the American Rabbit Breeders Association National Show in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The ears belong to an English Lop called Nipper’s Geronimo who is owned by Waymon and Margaret Nipper of Bakersfield, California, USA.

Fennec Fox

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The Fennec Fox is considered the only species of fox which can properly be kept as a pet. Although it cannot be considered domesticated, it can be kept in a domestic setting similar to dogs or cats. The Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara Desert of North Africa which has distinctively large ears. The ears can be 15 cm or 6 inches long compared to its body length of 40 cm or 16 inches long.


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The Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) is a common small antelope of southern and eastern Africa. Ears are large with “finger-marks” on the inside. Males carry straight, smooth, parallel horns 7-19 cm long (see image left). There is a black crescent-shape between the ears, a long black bridge to the glossy black nose, and a black circular scent-gland in front of the eye.

Long-eared Owl

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The Long-eared Owl – Asio otus of Europe, Asia and North America appears to have large pair of ears. These are not actually its ears – these are called ear-tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head. The ear-tufts are used to make the owl appear larger to other owls while perched.

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