A persistent Arctic fox was recently treated to a hearty meal thanks to its unrelenting bravery – and his adorable little face, of course.
Siberian fisherman Ildar Biktimirov was ice fishing earlier this month when the courageous little critter wandered up to his hole in an attempt to share in the man’s bounty.
Biktimirov initially tries to ward off the fox by loudly telling it to leave his fish alone – yet still the fox continues to approach the fisherman.
The man can be heard saying: “Why are you so daring? You mustn’t be that audacious!”
Finally, after several failed attempts to nab the goodies, the fox resorts to using its charm and good looks.
It starts to paw at the ice around the fisherman’s hole, pausing every few seconds to glance at the man and see if it’s working.
After several seconds of contemplative silence, the fisherman chuckles sympathetically and rewards the fox for its persistence.
“Don’t you rock, man,” says Biktimirov. “Well done. It’s just like you caught it yourself. It’s yours for the digging trick.”
Biktimirov is so tickled by the fox’s winning personality, he continues playing with the fox and sharing his catch with the sweet Arctic dweller.
At the end of the day, the fox finds some fish remnants that Biktimirov had left in a nearby hole. The critter “stuffs its cheeks like a hamster” before happily trotting off into the sunset with its mouth and tummy filled with fish.