Young fox hunting in the snow

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What’s worth plunging nose-first into icy snow for? A lemming snack, of course

It might be hard not to be amused by the arctic fox’s repeated nose-dives into snow in search of lemmings, but for this seemingly playful predator it’s no laughing matter. In the arctic fox’s frozen landscape, where winter temperatures can reach -50 degrees Celsius, survival can require roaming 100 kilometres a day just to hunt down or scavenge a single morsel of food. In this excerpt from the BBC’s ‘Life Story’ series, an arctic fox tracks and hunts lemmings hidden beneath the snow – a skill that requires persistence, precision, and a resilient snout.

Narrator: David Attenborough

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