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Scientists Are Speechless At This Arctic Fox Walking 76 Days From Norway to Canada

The female fox trekked the two and a half month journey from Norway's Svalbard islands to northern Canada in the longest recorded fastest movement rate for a fox ever. Researchers at Norway's Polar Institute fitted the young female with a GPS tracking device and freed her into the wild in late March last year on the east coast of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard archipelago's main island. The fox was under a year old when she set off west in search of food, reaching Greenland just 21 days later - a journey of 1,512 km - before trudging forward on the second leg of her trek.
She was tracked to Canada's Ellesmere Island, nearly 2,000 km further, just 76 days after leaving Svalbard. What amazed the researchers was not so much the length of the journey as the speed with which the fox had covered it - averaging just over 46 km (28.5 miles) a day and sometimes reaching 155 km.

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    arctic fox - Nathaniel St. Clair Follow @NatStClair A young Arctic fox has walked across the ice from Norway's Svalbard islands to northern Canada in an epic journey, covering 3,506 km (2,176 miles) in 76 days. "The fox's journey has left scientists speechless." BBC NEWS Scientists 'speechless' at Arctic fox's epic trek A young fox has walked from Norway's Arctic islands to Canada in just 76 days
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    Wildlife - The Guardian Follow @guardian Fantastic arctic fox: animal walks 3,500km from Norway to Canada The Guardian Fantastic arctic fox: animal walks 3,500km from Norway to Canada Epic journey by female fox includes fastest movement rate for species ever recorded theguardian.com
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    The Polar Institute produced a graph that shows how the fox made two breaks in her journey across northern Greenland.

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    Text - Alec Luhn Follow @ASLuhn Arctic fox ran with tracking collar ran 2,200 miles across the ice from Norway (Svalbard) to Canada in only 2.5 months. Arctic foxes were previously known to migrate between Norway's Jan Mayen island & Iceland but the ice on that route is now gone for good thebarentsobserver.com/en/ecology/201 Sea-ice concentration (% ) 100 Movement rate (km/day) g0vn Ellesmere Island 155 01 July 10 June 07-08 April (stopover) 06 June 16 April 10-11 April (stopover) 45W
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