Arctic Fox Pup Pile-On

Photographer Sean Gordon took some outstanding photographs of Edmonton Valley Zoo's young Arctic fox pups last Tuesday. In the wild, Arctic fox litters typically comprise five to eight babies, although reports of as many as 25 kits in a single litter have been recorded. That would make for one massive puppy pile-on!

The arctic fox lives in some of the most frigid extremes on the planet. Among its adaptations for cold survival are its deep, thick fur, a system of countercurrent heat exchange in the circulation of paws to retain core temperature, and a good supply of body fat. The fox has a low surface area to volume ratio, as evidenced by its generally rounded body shape, short muzzle and legs, and short, thick ears. Since less of its surface area is exposed to the arctic cold, less heat escapes the body. Its furry paws allow it to walk on ice in search of food. The arctic fox has such keen hearing that it can precisely locate the position of prey under the snow. When it finds prey, it pounces and punches through the snow to catch its victim. Its fur changes colour with the seasons: in the winter it is white to blend in with snow, while in the summer it is brown.

The arctic fox has a circumpolar range, meaning that it is found throughout the entire Arctic, including the outer edges of Greenland, Russia, Canada, Alaska, and Svalbard, as well as in Subarctic and alpine areas, such as Iceland and mainland alpine Scandinavia. The conservation status of the species is good, except for the Scandinavian mainland population. It is acutely endangered there, despite decades of legal protection from hunting and persecution. The total population estimate in all of Norway, Sweden and Finland is a mere 120 adult individuals.(Source: Wikipedia)
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Photos: Sean Gordon

Responses to "Outstanding photographs of young Arctic Fox Pups"

  1. Stunning photos of the beautiful family. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  4. Anonymous says:

    These photos are so incredible! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  5. so beautyfull!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow now i love wolfs even more!
    Thanks so much for taking these pictures! Blessyour heart!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well done! extraordinary pictures, asking someone to pick there favorite photo is next to impossible.

  8. Unknown says:

    oh my!!!they're gorgeous!!!! incredible work!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Next to all the Beautiful Wolves...I love Foxes Red-Gray_ Arctic.

  10. Unknown says:

    Veramente stupendi

  11. Unknown says:

    Veramente stupendi

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