This Young Arctic Fox Walked 2,700 Miles From Norway to Canada

Daisy Hernandez
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Photo credit: Elise Stroemseng
Photo credit: Elise Stroemseng
  • A juvenile female Arctic Fox walked from Norway to Canada by way of Greenland, which is not unheard of for the species who are built to endure sub-freezing temperatures.

  • She covered an average of ~29-miles per day.

  • Most impressive is the fact that the fox only took 4-months to travel 2,737 miles, crossing frozen seas during her journey.

A young female Arctic Fox has traversed land and frozen sea to travel a total of 2,737 miles from Spitsbergen, the biggest island in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, to the Canadian island of Ellesmere.

The fox completed the arduous trek in four months, the fastest known time that a member of this species has traveled such a great distance. Researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute, who originally tagged the young fox, shared that she began moving away from home in early March 2018 and arrived on Ellesmere on July 1 of the same year.

Researchers reported that the fox crossed "extensive stretches of sea ice and glaciers" to reach Ellesmere Island with her longest travel day consisting of 96-miles across sea ice off of northern Greenland.

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The fox was tagged in July 2017 and didn't stray too far from home until she left her birthplace on March 26, 2018, and began her journey towards Canada. Researchers say that the fox left Norway because of food scarcity and to search for better breeding grounds.

Shortly after the fox arrived in Canada, researchers lost the signal on her tracker and haven't been able to locate her since, but this one fox have given the world an intimate look at how life survives—and thrives—in the most extreme climates on Earth.

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