Arctic Fox Makes Friends With Photographer
Encountering wild animals as you photograph them can sometimes be scary. But other times, it can be so cute that it makes your heart melt.
Swiss photographer Stefan Forster recently found a wild white arctic fox in Greenland. As he was taking photos, the fox approached him and started closely examining his camera. Maybe even a bit too closely!
Despite getting his lens hood chewed at by the fox, Forster also managed to shoot some lovely portraits of the fox.
The adorable young fox approached Stefan with caution, but still with great curiosity. He writes that it took 20 minutes and 1000 meters of hiding and crawling before the animal came close to him. And he says that he is never seen a wild fox coming this close to a human.
When the fox approached Stefan, it started carefully sniffing him. But what I find really funny an adorable is when it started gently nibbling on his lens hood. Make sure to watch the video with the sound on, because the sound is just too darn cute. Forster is the owner and expedition leader of the photo school photocube.ch, which offers photography workshops all over the world.
check out more of Stefan’s work on his website and Instagram. And I dare you to try and watch this adorable video only once.
Arctic foxes are white during the winter, but in the summer they will turn back to a brown color. It is the only canid that changes the color of its coat, allowing it to camouflage with the snow and ice in the winter and rocks and plants in the summer.
Arctic foxes spend much of the year hunting for lemmings, a small brown rodent. As winter sets in, the lemmings stay underground. To combat this, the foxes use their incredible sense of hearing to listen for the faint footsteps of the lemmings under the snow. Once a target has been located, they jump up high and pounce to break through.
The arctic fox has the warmest pelt of any animal found in the Arctic, enduring temperatures as low as -68 temperature. Their extreme cuteness could be detrimental to their survival.
Seeing that fox pup up close makes you wanna hug it and squeeze it tight in your arms. The bad thing is they are having less and fewer food sources and are now approaching closer to humans because of starvation and humans travel to more places than ever and bringing in more harmful microorganisms with them.
Credit: www.stefanforster.com via Storyful