Arctic Fox Displays Amazing Design

When hearing about organisms that live in extreme conditions, hydrothermal vents may come to mind. There are less severe conditions that would kill humans and most critters, but some call them home, e.g., "Three Well-Adapted Desert Animals." It also happens in the harsh Arctic environment.

Sometimes a person sees a critter that is so cute, he wants to pet it and hug it and squeeze it and call it George. Wild animals are not wont for that sort of thing. Red foxes are cute, so are Arctic foxes. Each is designed to adapt to its own ecological niche.

An Arctic fox in summer does not look like it would survive harsh conditions, but it changes. The Master Engineer designed it to survive in the cold.
Arctic Fox, Flickr / Eric Kilby (CC BY-SA 2.0)

These puppies (heh!) don't look like they would do well in winter, let alone the Arctic. They're very thin in summer, do not have a white coat, and they're on the small side. That's in summer. When winter's a-coming, they change. Up at the top of the world are winds that make the cold air temperature seem worse, plus darkness, snowblindness, and more. The Master Engineer has equipped them to see in light and darkness, resist the extreme cold, detect food sources, and much more.

Imagine a dark and frozen world where all who enter are surrounded by deadly threats—hurricane-force winds, months of darkness, snow blindness, and temperatures so cold that water thrown from a cup freezes before it hits the ground. Yet in this forbidding environment, Jesus has endowed one creature with all the equipment necessary not only to survive but, incredibly, to thrive.

To read the rest or listen to the audio by my favorite reader, head on over to "How the Arctic Fox Got Its Winter Wardrobe."