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The most incredible domestication experiment ever!

Within fifteen generations, red foxes selectively bred on a Russian fur farm effectively became little cat-dogs. The foxes in this video are not wild animals; I’ve met tame, captive, wild foxes, and they behaved nothing like this. The wild foxes were far more skittish, dug up their entire habitat, and were generally disinterested in humans who did not have food despite careful training and socialization. Like almost any wild animal, a wild fox makes for a poor pet, but these animals are considered to be domesticated; they’re friendlier and less destructive, and even have unusual coat patterns.

So, no, the critters in this video don’t “belong in the wild,” as many Youtubanites seem to believe; they’re not just tame, but genuinely domesticated animals. Awesome, huh?