Russian rodents flourish on Svalbard

“It’s really an amazing story, in the sense of, the chance of that happening, it was extremely low”

One of the more unusual examples of Russia’s expanding influence in the Arctic doesn’t involve nuclear submarines or troops conducting military exercises. Instead, it’s small and furry, and increasingly gaining a foothold on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. We’re talking about the sibling vole—a mouse-like critter about half the size of an Arctic lemming—that’s…

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