Year of 2017

Arctic fox kits on Wrangel Island, Russia

Perhaps these Arctic fox kits are taking a more laid-back approach to celebrating Siblings Day today. This pair lives on Wrangel Island, a Russian island near Alaska. Arctic fox kits are weaned by the time they’re nine weeks old, but enjoy a robust network of support from both mom and dad as well as other adult foxes that live in or near their den. By the time they’re ready to hunt small rodents on their own, they’ll have had plenty of training from the grown-ups, and each other.

The Arctic fox, also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments. It has a deep thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter. Its body length ranges from 46 to 68 cm, with a generally rounded body shape to minimize the escape of body heat.
Weight: 7.05 pound (3.20 kg) – 20.72 pound (9.40 kg) (Male) · 3.09 pound (1.40 kg) – 7.05 pound (3.20 kg) (Female)
Scientific name: Vulpes lagopus
Height: 9.84 inch (25 cm) – 11.81 inch (30 cm)
Body length: 27.95 inch (71 cm) – 33.46 inch (85 cm) (Female) · 33.46 inch (85 cm) on average (Male)
Tail length: 12.20 inch (31 cm) (Male) · 11.81 inch (30 cm) (Female)
Gestation period: 52 days