Arctic fox roams warm east China

Updated 2017-04-12 16:00:38 CGTN

AwhitefoxisseenatahighschoolinXiaoshan,aneighborhoodinHangzhou,ZhejiangProvince.

AuthoritiesareaskingresidentsofHangzhou,capitalofeastChina'sZhejiangProvince,tokeepaneyeoutforaloosewhitefoxusuallyfoundinmorefrigidtemperatures.

ThefoxwasphotographedatahighschoolinXiaoshan,aneighborhoodinHangzhou,onSaturdayaroundnoon.Teachersandstudentswhocaughtsightoftheanimalsaiditlookedinjured,frightened,andtired.

Online,peoplehavereactedwithamusementandconcern.Someonsocialmediahavecomparedthefox'sadventurestoapopularTVdramatellingthelovestoryofanine-tailwhitefox"Qianqian"andPrinceYehua,whichhappenstosoundlikethenameofoneoftheschool'steachers.

Weibouser@candylutingaske‍d,"Qianqian,areyoucomingdownonearthtofindYehua?"

Weibouser@zuoliusha255said,"ComeYehua,yourwife'shere~"

HangzhouZoo'sdeputydirectorJiangZhicameacrossphotosofthefoxthatwerepostedonline.Theofficialidentifiedtheanimalasararepurebreed.TheanimalsareusuallyflownindirectlyfromtheArctictobeshownoffinexhibitions.

Thewhitefox,alsoknownastheArcticfox,polarfox,orsnowfox,isnativetotheArcticregionsandcansurvivetemperatures50degreesbelowfreezing.

InChina,almostallthewhitefoxesarecommercialhybrids.Theyareraisedtosupportthesaleoffurproducts.Thepracticebeganinthecountry'snortheastregionsinthe1980s.

Babyfoxeshavealsobecomepopularaspets.Jiangdiscouragedpeoplefromraisingfoxesintheirhomesastheanimalscanbeaggressive.HangzhouZooreceivedseveralwhitefoxesfromtheirownerslastyear.

Withthewhereaboutsof"Qianqian"stillamystery,peopleonlinearekeepingtheirfingerscrossed.

"Theschooljustthrewherout?Whatwouldhappenifshemetbadguys?"Weibouser@yunyundaxianwasworried.

"Takecare'Qianqian',hopeyoucanstayawayfromthezoo."AnimalwelfareorganizationPETAAsiasharedonitsWeiboaccount.

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