We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

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  • Published on:  9/11/2018
  • This week, we meet 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.

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  • Verge Science (Sep 11, 2018)

    Should we be domesticating wild animals?

  • Harper Ant (Feb 2, 2019)

    no

  • Hasven the Man (Jan 26, 2019)

    HELL NAW

  • Mutantcy1992 (Sep 17, 2018)

    Time to domesticate humans

  • Some Random Boi (5 hours ago)

    *PET HUMAN TIME*

  • Taste (Jan 24, 2019)

    God: *Creates an ecosystem of multiple dangerous creatures chasing each other*Humans: *TURN ALL OF THEM INTO PETTING BOIS*

  • Mercy Anjorin (16 hours ago)

    +This Is My Name I understand u might not be a Christian or go to churh.... whatever but, u dont joke with God. I mean... it is my opinion.

  • S. S. (Feb 3, 2019)

    Will there ever be hyper-social cats?

  • kejtuch (1 day ago)

    There are! I owned one.

  • There are already some rare friendly cats I'm not a scientist but I bet if we bred them we could make a generation of friendly cats.

  • budemawa (Dec 30, 2018)

    furries: *heavy breathing*

  • Furry slayer6969 (1 day ago)

    +JakeSpacePirate E are you jerking of to this ?

  • Devils 19 (Jan 29, 2019)

    The one Russian experiment that isn’t terrifying

  • Moonboy (Feb 10, 2019)

    But it isn't good either

  • Chris B (Feb 9, 2019)

    +Peter Punkin hell march intensifies

  • PowahSlap Entertainmint (Sep 11, 2018)

    SWIPER, NO SWIPING.

  • Drakkanna (9 hours ago)

    Are you now being paid by youtube as you have so many likes?

  • Afro Mechanical (Feb 9, 2019)

    +5 Mini Crafts ah hyuh guess its a coincidence

  • Shoshitake Takeyani (Jan 10, 2019)

    But Foxes aren't like Wolves. Wolves are pack animals & Foxes are solitary animals, like cats. So you'll end up with an exotic feline in a Vulpix body. You can't make an animal something it's not, but you can improve on what it lacks

  • j v (18 hours ago)

    I have a volpino. It looks and acts like these foxes. Idk if it has fox genes but he doesn't get along with my other dogs. He's aggressive and super jealous toward them. I keep him separate from my other 2 doggos. He's a handful.

  • Ω † GamerX † Ω (Jan 2, 2019)

    *3018* : World's first domesticated Alien!

  • Frostined (3 days ago)

    +its cool though How is it possible to land on a planet made of gas?

  • Chris. P Santiago (5 days ago)

    I want to like this but it’s at 666 and I don’t want to change it.

  • Milan xDD (Dec 27, 2018)

    6:16 weird flex but ok

  • ChromeThunder2401 (2 days ago)

    He vapes and separated his trash

  • FireBlazzt (Feb 9, 2019)

    *_ThE fAcT tHaT i’m SuCh A nOiCe gOiY_*