Albino arctic fox ran 250 kilometers and settled next to evil spirits
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Albino arctic fox ran 250 kilometers and settled next to evil spirits

October 13, 2021

Scientists have been observing the movements of the rare polar fox for almost a year.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. With the help of a collar with geolocation, Yamal scientists monitor the movement of the famous blue-eyed albino arctic fox Torsuy.

As told in the Instagram account of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Ural Branch’s Plant and Animal Ecology Institute’s Arctic Research Station, they began to follow the routes of the ‘blonde’ in November last year. Then the arctic fox was spotted on the Gydan peninsula.

In April, the arctic fox settled in Taimyr, in the area of ​​the Pyasina river, and spent the whole summer there. And on September 10, he jumped off and in ten days ran 250 kilometers to the Upper Taimyra river, which flows down from the Byrranga mountains. A well-known explorer of the Arctic notes in his notes that the locals believe that evil spirits live in those mountains.

Scientists say that the animal has become more fearful and cautious. This is encouraging because there is a chance for the rare recessive gene for albinism to spread.

Earlier we said that arctic foxes are frequent guests in Norilsk.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Dinar Arginbaev and instagram.com/arctic_lab_yamal

October 13, 2021

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