Kesha is the ONLY cat on the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago. One of the world's northernmost inhabited areas, Svalbard is known for its rugged, remote terrain and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer and arctic foxes. Cats are strictly prohibited on Svalbard in order not to disturb the ecological balance.
Kesha the ginger cat is an exception to the rule because the Russians brought him here and his papers stated he was an arctic fox. He now lives in the Russian community Barentsburg on Svalbard.
“Kesha takes advantage of the fact that he's a documented predator, therefore, he despises and scares off trespassing arctic foxes,” writes Weird Russia. “During the day, he surveys his territory and occasionally stops by a diner. At night he goes to sleep in a mechanical workshop. The stormy cold weather doesn't affect Kesha's attitude. After all, he's an arctic fox, not a snuggling kitty. He's a kind and affectionate pet, who is loved by the whole town. Locals even line up to pet him and bring him treats.”
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