In 1959, a Soviet geneticist named Dmitry K. Belyaev began somewhat secretively experimenting with breeding domesticated foxes. More than five decades, thousands of foxes, and one collapse of the Soviet Union later, the program continues at The Institute of Cytology and Genetics at Novosibirsk, Siberia. Belyaev wanted to unlock the secrets of domestication, the links between behavior and breeding and physical traits, but plenty of non-scientists are aware of the project for a different reason: foxes are adorable, and we want to hug them, and we want them to like it.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:20 PM
Why not? In fact I had a friend who had one he found as an abandoned puppy. The critter used to run after him like a lil dog (in fact many people thought it was a dog that looked remarkably like a fox).
What I would not do is go into the wild and kidnap one of them to make them a pet.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:36 PM
questionmark, on 23 January 2013 - 10:20 PM, said:
I know it would be nice, but I'm looking at it from a different view.
Dogs make better pets and we are already having millions of them put down yearly. Don't want to drag another animal into that. If we sorted out that issue then I don't see a problem. Just don't see the point adding to a problem we already have.
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And a lion and a tiger ,and I really like wolves and fennic foxes and dolphins and peacocks and a doggie and an alpaca and a horse and an owl and a big tortoise and a few serval cats .....maybe some bats and hummingbirds ..
I had a gray fox before it even had its eyes open and raised it with a rabbit and a talking crow. It had a rag doll it carried with it wherever he went. Loved to get under a table and stick its feet out from under the cloth in a game of pull him across the rug. He was just like a dog, a beautiful and loving pet. PS: Gray foxes can climb trees.