Scientists “speechless” after fox makes 2,176-mile, 76-day trek from Norway to Canada

A 1-year-old explorer made an epic journey from Norway to Canada, covering 2,176 miles in 76 days. That young explorer was an Arctic fox.

The fox started her journey in March, at just under a year old. She walked nearly 1,000 miles from the archipelago near the North Pole to Greenland. She completed this leg in just 21 days, then began the second part of her trek.

The fox then walked about 1,242 miles farther to Canada’s Ellesmere Island. The whole trek took her just 76 days, averaging about 28.4 miles a day. Some days, however, the ambitious fox walked over 96 miles.

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Researchers believe the fox curled up in the snow to brave the weather, much like this arctic fox lying in its enclosure at Osnabrueck Zoo.FRISO GENTSCH

Eva Fuglei, a research scientists at the Polar Institute, spoke to Norway’s NRK public broadcaster about the fox’s unlikely journey. “We couldn’t believe our eyes at first,” she said. “We thought perhaps it was dead, or had been carried there on a boat, but there were no boats in the area. We were quite thunderstruck.”

Fuglei has been tracking how foxes cope in with the dramatic changes of the Arctic seasons, BBC News reports. No fox has been recorded traveling that far, that fast before.

“There’s enough food in the summer, but it gets difficult in winter,” Fuglei told NRK. “This is when the Arctic fox often migrates to other geographical areas to find food to survive. But this fox went much further than most others we’ve tracked before – it just shows the exceptional capacity of this little creature.” Researchers think the fox curled up in the snow to sit out the bad weather.

The Polar Institute created a gif that shows the two parts of the fox’s journey across Greenland.

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Researchers made a gif of the fox’s travels across Greenland. She walked close to the North Pole for over 2,100 miles to Canada.POLAR INSTITUTE

The fox could have traveled even farther, but scientists stopped tracking her when she reached Canada in February, because her transmitter stopped working, the Polar Institute said.

The adventurous fox may have a hard time finding food in Canada, since she ate a mainly marine diet in Svalbard. Foxes in Canada’s Ellesmere Island eat mostly lemmings, which are small rodents.

3 thoughts on “Scientists “speechless” after fox makes 2,176-mile, 76-day trek from Norway to Canada

  1. I guess many things are about to change because of climate change. I saw horrendous pictures of emaciated polar bears, the permafrost is shrinking at higher speed and the animals have to cope with a changing ecosystem. Is going to be bad and even worst, with the time elapsing. The food-chain is becoming unbalanced and many animals will perish, some will be extinguished. Only the tremendous “animal named human” is still going on with his foolish and unresponsible behavior. How long will it take before we will be extinguished (at least many of us) to finally enable the Planet to be balanced and in peace?
    Sorry, I’m being hideous, but I can’t help it… each time I read the news here or there, I’m fighting against walls by trying to explain that all of us must change… The battle is hard, but only by winning many battles we can win the war.
    Claudine

  2. Never apologize. You could never be as hideous as some of the perpetrators of these acts against wildlife and the environment.

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