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Would you keep a fox as a pet?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

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.

http://www.popsci.co...esticated-foxes

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

I'd love a pet fox. lol

But I think it's a bad idea to start having them as pets.

Thanks for posting a more positive thread on them though. Seems liekt he media is having a Fox hunt right now. (sorry about the bad pun)

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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

View Postquestionmark, on 23 January 2013 - 10:20 PM, said:

Why not?

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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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:36 PM

I saw a video of Jeff Corwin's pet fennec fox. It was so cute and playful. But he said it only liked him and his wife (and daughter?), no one else.

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in the existence of a large previously unknown undiscovered hairy biped roaming North America.
But I like to hear the accounts, read the books, watch the shows, discuss and argue about the phenomenon.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:57 PM

Yes, I would have one. The few wild animals that I've rescued as babies have stayed with me. It's too dangerous to let them back out into the wild, but I would not seek one out as a pet.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:58 PM

Who wouldn't want a fox after you've seen this?








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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:10 PM

Awwwww...how can you resist those little faces. :wub:


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:44 PM

I don't know how anyone would want to hunt such a beautiful and lively creature.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:32 AM

:D
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 ..

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

I used to want a pet fox as a kid after watching "Fox and the Hound" a few times. :D They're beautiful, but I don't see a good enough reason or need to keep one as a pet unless it was a rescue situation.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

I use to have a pet raccoon, and he was pretty cool... never encountered a fox though..


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

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.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

I would love to have one of the domestic ones, but then what if it gets away and then we have another exotic animal running around.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

I'd rather have a panther lol





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