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Arctic Fox

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Issue: 62 Section: Baby Animals Geography: North

October 4, 2009

Arctic Fox

Because a serious world needs serious cuteness

In the farthest northern reaches of Turtle Island, Asia and Europe, right to the shores of the Arctic ocean, this extraordinarily hardy creature and its brethren hunt and wander. To adjust to widely varying seasonal temperatures, the fox grows a head-to-toe coat thick enough to walk on ice without freezing, and then sheds massively in the spring thaw. Other adaptations include powerful vascular circulation and a proportionally small skin surface area. These foxes will eat any available meat, but most commonly dine on lemmings—small rodents that share the foxes’ circumpolar territory. —DOJ

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