Arctic foxes in Finnish Lapland give birth first time in 26 years
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Arctic foxes in Finnish Lapland give birth first time in 26 years

August 26, 2022

The family's lair is in secret so that the animals are not disturbed.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In northern Finland, in the Lapland province, scientists have recorded the birth of fox puppies for the first time since 1996. Three cubs were born on the hill of Enontekiyo. The last time scientists saw fox puppies was 26 years ago in Utsyoki.

The country’s main forest department’s inspectors found the mother and babies in July, goarctic.ru reports with reference to Helsingin Sanomiin. The family’s lair is classified so that no one disturbs the animals. The researchers themselves observed them from a distance of 300 meters. The puppies will be fed so that they can survive the winter.

There are now only about 15 adult arctic foxes in Finland, and the birth of cubs gives hope that the population will recover. Arctic foxes have been endangered since 1940 due to hunting for them. Previously, thousands of these animals were found in the north of Finland.

As for Norilsk, arctic foxes are quite frequent guests here, there are many of them. Scientists explain that population growth is usually followed by its decline. We told the story of the blue-eyed arctic fox Tosrui, who escaped from Yamal explorers and traveled around Taimyr feeding on fishermen. And you can follow the adventures of the drawn polar fox in the This Is Taimyr’s project.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: istockphoto.com

August 26, 2022

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