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Would you keep a fox as a pet?

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#16    EllJay

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Here is some more loveable foxes.





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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:00 PM

Mr. Draugr and I have actually talked about getting a domestic one once we're more settled.  They cuddle like a cat and play like a puppy.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

you would have to keep them away from dogs though...they instictively will hunt them


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

View Postg00dfella, on 30 January 2013 - 05:37 PM, said:

you would have to keep them away from dogs though...they instictively will hunt them

Not necessarily. Some get along.





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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:38 AM

Sounds really cool and appealing but it takes more to domesticate a fox than just a short stint of selective breeding.
They ARE still wild animals and what about the lingering stress that is indelibly ingrained in their genes?

After it was their 'ancestors' who were cooped up in tiny cages to be slaughtered for their fur..such conditions are not going to produce a mentally healthy offspring I wouldn't think.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:58 AM

It would be nice to see another species regarded as mans friend, and not pest. I have to admit, I would love a domsticated one, like the one's they talk about that like the affection, but not too keen on getting my face bit off.

I could never trust a Tiger, Lion, Bear or the like, I reckons that is a death wish.

This bit is concerning.


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After a few generations, the results began to get a little weird. The study found that though they were selectively breeding only for behavior, they began seeing new common physical traits. The animals developed different coat patterns, floppier ears, tails that curled over their backs - totally unknown in wild foxes. When we tried to breed a fox that would act more like a dog, we ended up with a fox thatlooked more like a dog. But they're not as easy to acquire as a dog.


I'd like to know more on that.

Edited by psyche101, 31 January 2013 - 07:13 AM.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 23 January 2013 - 10:09 PM, said:

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.

So because people find foxes adorable, that gives them the right to treat them as property?

The same can be said for any animal treated as a pet. Of course our judicial system reinforces this attitude by pronouncing that all animals (except free range ones) are to be considered property. The reason seems to be "because we can" or "might is right".

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

Yes I want a pet fox.

Edit: Or a dingo, or a wolf. They all look so cool and smart!

Though with a dingo I'll just have to be careful it doesn't steal any babies I may have lying around the house...

Edited by Timonthy, 31 January 2013 - 01:36 PM.

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