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Cat from Barentsburg {Norway}

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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.” 


37 comments:

  1. And what a beautiful cat he is!

    Danielle / www.escapingessex.com

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  2. He is a beautiful cat, sounds like he has an important job scaring the foxes away. Happy New Year to you and yours! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. WOW! He is one handsome dude!

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  4. Fascinating post and beautiful cat ~ Tuffy!

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year ^_^

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  5. One special cat, indeed! He's definitely a celebrity.

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  6. Kesha is so cute- his fur is really dense and luscious too!x

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  7. How cute! I like the sense of humour and quick thinking the Russians had. He looks like he's comfortable in his environment.

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  8. I love this story! So adorable!!!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  9. What a crazy and cool story about this cat! He's beautiful too :)

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  10. Oh, I just LOVE that handsome kitty "fox"!!! Thanks for always sharing on My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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  11. I love that cat!!! And the look on his face says, "Look at me, I'm prohibited, and loved by all!"

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  12. Absolutely LOVED this! Kesha is quite a special kitty/arctic fox! Those crafty Russians smuggling him in! :-)

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  13. He's adorable. Looks like he has a very dense coat, which would certainly be helpful in Norway during winter, I'm thinking!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/01/nosey-cat-yep.html

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  14. Wow! What a story! He looks like a character!
    http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/2016/01/erin.html

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  15. What a lovely face that cat has heheh! :-)
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  16. He's such a gorgeous boy! He has a king of rugged look, like an old sailor. But that's part of his charm :)

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  17. Wow, I'd love to give Kesha a snuggle. Please give her my regards if you happen to see her again.

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  18. What a fascinating story! He looks like a pampered "arctic fox" for sure! ;) My Picture Perfect Party Linky doesn't feature cats this week, although I have been photographing my in-laws' two adopted animal shelter cats during the holiday. I will have to show them some time! My linky: http://abooksandmore.blogspot.co.za/2016/01/family-time-at-beach-with-linky.html

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  19. We invite you to join us to share your beautiful kitty!!
    http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/heartsie-girls-wordless-wednesday-48/

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  20. They are lucky to have such a great cat - or any cat...oops, arctic fox.
    http://royalegacy.blogspot.com/2016/01/wordless-wednesday-with-linky-our.html

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  21. Can't handle the cuteness! Interesting story behind this island inhabitant.

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  22. He looks like he owns the place. How cute that the whole town loves him! His coat is so snuggly I'd love to give him a hug.

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  23. ooh my...he is super cute indeed..sooo huggable as well :)

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  24. What a fantastic story of Kesha! This made me and my kids smile!

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  25. What a cool cat and such a great story!
    Happy 2016!
    :-)
    Traci

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  26. Oh my, what a lovely Cat.
    Great shots!

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  27. Kesha is super handsome! And he's like a rock star where he lives. :)

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  28. He is a gorgeous boy. Looks like his fur is extra thick for the cold.

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  29. Kesha looks cold! What a handsome guy! Arctic Fox, WOW!!!

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