Recently, an Arctic fox was spotted roaming around the very not Arctic suburbs of Hangzhou, raising worries from animal lovers online.
The fox was photographed wandering near a local high school on Saturday. Witnesses said that the animal looked tired, frightened and possibly injured. Teachers tried to catch the fox, but it managed to run away.
A Hangzhou Zoo official told reporters that the fox looked like a pure breed Arctic fox, a rarity that is typically flown in from polar regions to be shown off at exhibitions.
But instead of breaking out of an exhibit, it’s much more likely that the fox escaped from someone’s home after being bought online. In recent years, baby foxes have become popular as pets in China.
While they may be cute, Arctic foxes don’t make the best pets, particularly when they grow up. They can be both aggressive and smelly with some very pungent piss. Last year, the Hangzhou Zoo received several Arctic foxes from owners who no longer wanted to look after them.
Of course, humid subtropical Hangzhou isn’t exactly the habitat that Arctic foxes are best adapted to. Thanks to their thick fur, they can live in some of the most frigid extremes on the planet, not shivering until the temperature drops below −70 degrees Celsius.
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