A young female Arctic fox traveled 4,404 kilometers on land and in the frozen sea to reach the Canadian island of Ellesmere from Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
The strenuous journey that this fox took lasted four months and she is the first known member of this species to cross such a distance so quickly. Researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute, who originally labeled it, noticed that the trip began in early March 2018 and that she arrived at Ellesmere on July 1 of the same year. The fox covered an average of 46.6 kilometers a day.
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“She traveled across ice and glaciers to reach Ellesmere Island,” the researchers said.
The fox was tagged in July 2017 and did not stray too far from home until March 26, 2018 when she left her hometown and began her journey to Canada. Researchers say the fox left Norway due to
Shortly after the fox arrived in Canada, researchers lost signal on its tracker and have since been unable to locate it, but it has given them a glimpse of how life survives and thrives in the most extreme climatic conditions on earth.