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While visiting the Kruger National Park in October, I spent some time watching a pack of wild dogs. This was one of five puppies, practicing future essential skills by using what was available.

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#africantuesday +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez
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#threatenedthursday +Threatened Thursday curated by +Diego Cattaneo , +Sumit Sen , +Sandy Schepis , +Anette Mossbacher
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Playful arctic fox kits

observed by us during a recent trip to Iceland. The Arctic fox lives in some of the most frigid extremes on the planet but does not start to shiver until the temperature drops to −70 °C (−94 °F). Among its adaptations for survival in the cold is its dense, multilayered pelage, which provides excellent insulation, a system of countercurrent heat exchange in the circulation within the paws to retain core temperature, and a good supply of body fat. The fox has a low surface area to volume ratio, as evidenced by its generally compact body shape, short muzzle and legs, and short, thick ears. Since less of its surface area is exposed to the Arctic cold, less heat escapes from its body. Its paws have fur on the soles for additional insulation and to help it walk on ice. Its fur changes color with the seasons: in most populations it is white in the winter to blend in with snow, while in the summer it is greyish-brown or darker brown. In some populations, however, it is a steely bluish-gray in the winter and a paler bluish-gray in summer. The Arctic fox has such keen hearing, it can determine exactly where a small animal is moving under the snow. When it has located its prey, it pounces and punches through the snow to catch its victim. (Information gleaned from: Wikipedia).

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A wonderful opportunity for adventurers seeking an authentic Kenya experience in a yet fairly untouched area (video taken by my son, Matthias Niederer)
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