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December 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Arctic fox euthanized at Woodland Park Zoo

Feliks, the Arctic fox, lived to be 11-12-years-old at the Woodland Park Zoo (Photo courtesy of the zoo)

An aging arctic fox, whose quality of life was waning, has been euthanized at the  Woodland Park Zoo.

The fox, called Feliks, came to Seattle in 2004 in a journey that began on the remote Aleutian island of Shemya and ended with the small fox as a stowaway in a trash container on a train at the Port of Seattle, according to zoo officials.

He was believed to be 3-5-years-old at the time and not in good shape;  underweight, ear mites, a skin mass and weakness in a back leg.  According to the zoo,  arctic foxes don’t live much longer than three years in the wild. It’s estimated that Feliks, who was kept in the zoo’s Northern Trail exhibit after being nursed back to health, was 11-12-years-old when he was put down.

The zoo has a female arctic fox, 11-year-old Somer, and she remains on view.

According to the zoo:

The Arctic fox, weighing 6 to 10 pounds, lives in the far north, in the tundra, and coastal areas of North America, Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavia and Siberia. Found farther north than any other land mammal, the arctic fox travels more extensively than any terrestrial animal other than humans.

 

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