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Researchers Left Baffled After Fox Walks 4,000 Kilometres Between Norway And Canada

Norwegian researchers say an Arctic fox has walked from northern Norway to Canada's far north, a distance of 4415 kilometres, in 76 days.

The Norwegian Polar Institute says the young female fox left Norway's Svalbard archipelago on March 1, 2018 and reached Canada's Ellesmere Island on Monday by way of Greenland on July 1, 2018.

The institute says the trek is among the longest recorded for an Arctic fox.

Arctic Fox
The fox walked over 4,000 kilometres. Photo: Reuters.

The institute said in a research article it was able to monitor the small fox's movements across extensive stretches of sea ice and glaciers with a tracking device put on the animal in July 2017.

The state-run agency says the roughly two-year-old female moved at an average rate of 46.3km per day.