The only cat in Barentsburg is registered as an arctic fox!


Photograph by Mike Homola

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, formerly known as Spitsbergen. The largest island is, indeed, called Spitsbergen.

There is also a Russo-Ukranian mining community in Barentsburg, where cats are prohibited in order to keep the ecological balance. Kesha, a large ginger tom, was brought there by the Russians and is now officially registered as an arctic fox. So the only cat in Barentsburg is registered as a fox!

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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