The rutik, or southern polar fox, is an engineered canid native to the edges of Ramaxia’s tundra biome and common throughout the Western Islands. Rutik was created with DNA taken from the northern polar fox (Vulpes Lagopus) and the platinum variety red fox, found between the poles by Second Gen scouts.
Like most southern polar predators, the rutik lives up to five years but can only birth one pup a year. The average rutik weighs about 22.6 kg (50 lb) and measures 1.7 meters (5 ft) with a generally compact body shape, short muzzle and legs, and short, thick ears. Its functional hearing range is higher in upper-frequency limits when compared to domestic dogs and other carnivores between the poles.
The furry round rutik thrives in cold environments and feeds on the very young. Their diet consists of ringed seal pups, fish, infant penguins, seabirds, and bakila. Due to its proximity to the coast, it also eats seaweed and softshell crustaceans. Rutik are monogamous, forming lifelong pairs during their first breeding season. Packs of no more than six pair-bonds reside in extensive underground dens, and species avoid the interior tundra due to the predatory presence of the fusaxica and the uymtik. The only known predator of the rutik is the carnivorous bakila. Rutik are overtly friendly toward femmar and are attracted to their music and voices. Femmar prize their large and fluffy rutik tail but do not hunt the species to obtain them. Many surface assigned femmar gift found ‘tundra tails,’ the tails of deceased rutik, to loved ones beneath the domes.
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