A pair of small fox kits are hand-raised by the rangers at the safari park

A pair of small fox kits are being hand-raised by rangers in a safari park. Weighing just 46 grams in total, the adorable pair of fennec foxes from Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire, have yet to be named and their gender is unknown.

Samantha Peeke, their keeper, shares sleepless nights with colleagues Gemma Short and Catriona Moy as the babies initially require feeding every two hours, day and night.

They plan to introduce them to rice as a first step towards weaning. Samantha said: “Now we feed them every three hours, with a longer break overnight.

“We share the care so they don’t get attached to one of us because the goal is to reintroduce them to their mom and dad. Eventually, we hope they will also become part of the international breeding program.”

Weighing just 46 grams, the adorable pair have yet to be named and their gender is unknown.

The fennec fox is the smallest member of the fox family. They reach a maximum length of under 40 cm and weigh less than two kilograms. According to National Geographic, Fennec foxes live in the sandy Sahara and other parts of North Africa.

Their nocturnal habits help them cope with the scorching heat of the desert environment, and some physical adaptations also help. Their distinctive ears radiate body heat and help keep animals cool.

It is the second litter for Zuri and father Enzi. Their first kits died within 24 hours because, although Zuri was producing the vital colostrum, there didn’t seem to be enough milk for the babies.

Catriona, Team Manager of Animal Adventure and Lakes at Longleat, said: “After losing the first three, we spent time preparing for the possibility of another litter. We wanted to make sure that knowing she couldn’t produce enough milk, we had everything available in case we needed to help Zuri take care of the young.