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Fat Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus) emerging from burrow in coastal Morocco

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Fat Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus) emerging from burrow in coastal Morocco

A sand rat takes a tentative look around at the entrance to its burrow. It is a quick moving and nervous little animal and has good reason to be, as it is prey to numerous animals such as raptors, foxes and snakes

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Kristian Bell
Fat Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus) emerging from burrow in coastal Morocco

Media ID 14461705

© Kristian Bell 2016

Whiskers Wild Wildlife Burrow Emerge Hairy


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In this print by Kristian Bell, we are granted a rare glimpse into the world of the Fat Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus) in coastal Morocco. As the sand rat emerges from its burrow, it cautiously peeks out, its whiskers twitching with anticipation. This quick-moving and nervous creature is well aware of the dangers that lurk outside its safe haven. The sandy surroundings perfectly complement the sand rat's fur, making it almost blend seamlessly into its environment. Its chubby appearance gives away its name - a testament to its adaptation for survival in arid landscapes. However, despite their seemingly harmless demeanor, these little animals face constant threats from predators such as raptors, foxes, and snakes. As we admire this wild creature through Bell's lens, we can't help but appreciate the intricate beauty found in nature's design. The sand rat's hairy body and large eyes reflect an evolutionary masterpiece crafted over time to ensure survival against formidable foes. This photograph serves as a reminder of both vulnerability and resilience within wildlife populations worldwide. It captures a fleeting moment where one small animal dares to venture beyond safety into an uncertain world – a scene that encapsulates the delicate balance between life and death in nature's grand theater.

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