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15 little-known facts about the Arctic fox

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Arctic foxes, with their bright white winter coats, are iconic animals of the Arctic tundra. But how much do you actually know about Canada’s smallest, fluffiest wild canid? Check out these 15 fun facts.

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They love lemmings

Lemmings are their primary food, but Arctic foxes are true omnivores, eating almost anything, including ring seal pups, carcasses left over by polar bears, seaweed and berries. Because lemmings are their primary food, though, Arctic foxes’ population numbers are closely tied to the number of lemmings in the area, which cycles from high to low every three to five years — when there are a lot of lemmings, there are a lot of foxes.

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