Throughout culture, foxes have been regarded as sly and quick tricksters who can take what they want without getting caught. While the culprits are often depicted as rusty red foxes, this stereotype is just as true for snow white arctic foxes. In Snezhnogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, a person leaves what appears to be a GoPro camera on the snowy ground while a curious arctic foxes watches. Then, as soon as the person leaves, the wily fox strikes.
Grabbing the camera in its mouth, the cheeky arctic fox makes off the camera and runs. Maybe it thought the camera was food, or maybe it was merely playing. Regardless, arctic foxes are well-adapted to the harsh, inhospitable conditions of the high latitudes, and they have diets to match. They eat a variety of small creatures, including lemmings, voles, ringed seal pups, fish, waterfowl, and seabirds, and they also eat carrion, berries, seaweed, insects, and other small invertebrates. Cameras are not a part of their diet, but we can’t blame the fox for investigating its edibility. Watch the full video (with sound) of arctic fox stealing the camera below.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this. In the video below, a few curious Arctic fox kits discover a motion-sensor camera… and tear it apart!