We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

  • Published on:  9/11/2018
  • We met the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in domestication. The fox experiment continues under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics. Her book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)”, co-authored by Lee Alan Dugatkin, details the history and science behind the experiment.Subscribe: http://bit.ly/2FqJZMlLike Verge Science on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hoSukOFollow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Kr29B9Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvXRead More: http://www.theverge.comCommunity guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAvSubscribe to Verge on YouTube for explainers, product reviews, technology news, and more: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs gene editing


  • Verge Science 9 months ago

    Should we be domesticating wild animals?

  • Pickcomb 10 days ago

    My answer would change if we ever gain the ability of space travel and could move species onto many planets. Currently, what we have is sufficient, unless there is some job that "only a fox can do", and such.

  • Beatrix Benitez 11 days ago


  • Madd Snork 9 months ago

    This is literally fox news

  • POOPYRYANS an hour ago

    For MaximillianMus Woah you stop

  • David Klein 3 days ago

    William Jakobsen no such thing. You should be punished for thinking such tripe!

  • Antie Cuteness 3 months ago

    Animals: *Exist*Humans: *_It's free real estate._*

  • Bell W 4 days ago

    DaSoildieringRomania yes

  • OH YEAH 3 months ago

    Normal foxes: "Whine"Russian foxes: "Cyka blyat"

  • jonasxdufek 5 days ago

    The fox doesn't like you if you're a capitalist pig. They were created by the USSR so only the hardest Soviet workers can have them as pets.

  • Funk Bees 3 months ago

    Honestly they act more like cats

  • Jakjak 6 days ago

    I heard that they also have retractable claw like cats?

  • Killkor 11 days ago

    Wild animal: _(minding their own business)_Human: "love me!"Wild animal: "nah..."Human: _(uses selective breeding and genetic engineering)_ "Lo V e mE ! !!"

  • Prin-Prin 25 days ago

    You want a dog? You want a cat? Boom you got a fox

  • Dr. Tex 2 months ago

    Genetic foxes: Walked up, interacted, then moved on.Wild foxes: Nope, not going near him.Dog: *FRIEND!*

  • IC Dub 15 days ago

    This supposed to be funny?

  • W Nij 20 days ago

    They should try that with a Pit bull.

  • smew 3 months ago


  • Rigil Kent Angeles an hour ago

    @watersbey25 Rude.

  • watersbey25 23 days ago

    @Yawg moth I do, you don't.

  • Edwin van den Akker 2 months ago

    9:52 _"...it's called domestication syndrome. You should read about it because _*_It is wild_*_ "_ 😆

  • Lauren T 13 days ago

    It is really interesting. You should read about it.

  • Sam Jadzak 16 days ago

    W R O N G A G A I N