Arctic fox amazes scientists with 2,000-mile trek in 76 days

The young female arctic fox covered an incredible distance.

(CNN)A young female Arctic fox has shocked scientists by traveling over 3,500 km (2,175 miles) from Norway to Canada in just 76 days.

The journey took her from Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which sits between mainland Norway and the North Pole, to Ellesmere Island, Canada, according to research published in the journal Polar Research.
Scientists from Norway's Polar Institute, which fitted the Arctic fox with a satellite transmitter, say it undertook one of the longest dispersal events --a movement from the birth place to a potential breeding location -- ever recorded for the species.
    Researcher Eva Fuglei said the team couldn't believe what they were seeing as they tracked the fox.
    "We didn't think it was true," said Fuglei in a statement.
    The fox was fitted with a transmitter so researchers could track its movements.
    It covered an average of 46.3 km (28.8 miles) per day, and amazingly traveled 155 km (96.3 miles) in just one day as it crossed the Greenland ice sheet.
    This is the fastest rate recorded for this species, 1.4 times faster than the previous known record held by an adult male Arctic fox that was tracked in Alaska.
    The Arctic fox broke the record for the longest distance covered by the species in one day.