We met the world’s first domesticated foxes
Domesticated Foxes

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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/2FqJZMl Like Verge Science on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hoSukO Follow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Kr29B9 Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com Community guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAv Subscribe to Verge on YouTube for explainers, product reviews, technology news, and more: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs gene editing

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Madd Snork : This is literally fox news

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

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

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

smew : Foxes: Hi... Bye Dogs: *OMG IS THAT A NEW PERSON ILY ILY ILY SIKSJNB AJDH AJZJJ*

Prin-Prin : You want a dog? You want a cat? Boom you got a fox

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

Harm Won : Didn't address the fact that dogs/wolfs have a pack mentality and foxes don't?

Arien Van Stralen : Now if only they could isolate the "table pooping" gene

Greg Camp : You're calling cats domesticated? They've trained you well.

h1story : Domesticated fox: exists Dogs: Finally, a worthy opponent

melissa saint : 0:40 small correction: We didnt domesticate cats. They are semi-wild animals that co-evolved to live with us. That's part of why cats are so..."complicated"

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

Kylie Healy : US: lets make space cars and super computers to go to space Russia: Lets make doggo foxes

Jawad Kabir : This is the Fox News I want to see

Daniel J. Mikołajewski : 1. 'Path to Doghood' sounds like the title of a rap album. 2. May I have some of that 'friendliness gene', please?

Beun Haas : How can I domesticate my mother in law?

Zaim Shahmi : So uh- basically... Foxes are _doggocattos supreme_

Frank McGarry : It’s probably because wolves were social animals and formed bonds with each other so they could form emotional bonds with people.

Symphuzic Bey : One of them better be named Swiper.

Ryan Jonas : Now can we domesticate CNN please?

shahaman noodah : I'm not your average fox anymore. I have achieved a level beyond the limits of a normal fox. I am the elite of foxes. I am a super fox.

KingTesticus : A fox is an animal running cat software on dog hardware..

Derek M : Ahh yes. The FOXHOUND genome project

Pedro Ribeiro : You're forgetting the fundamental biology of these species Wolfs are pack animals, very sociable by nature which makes it a lot easier for a dog to interact with humans. Foxes are NOT social animals, they are solitary very scared animals, they are by far not the top predator in their environment so a domesticated fox would be more similar to a domestic cat than a dog...

Zack Irahza : Be careful. Do not introduce foxes to Ocelots. Especially an Ocelot with a revolver.

Zaffir khodabux : Domesticated fox is a good idea so that they don't become extinct.

-Over_0w0- : Fox = cat + dog They perfect :D

Keith Dixon : Foxes aren't social pack animals. Their domesticated behavior makes perfect sense.

Lady Ramkin : We should domesticate humans. Imagine if all humans were genetically predisposed to be friendly to other humans.

AVR 10 : Damn Kurama really let his self go

Gillian Inman : can we PLEASE do this with bears so we can selectively breed like the bear equivalent of a golden retriever

Bio : Ok but what about the video “fox go FLOOF” That red fox seemed domesticated to me.

OneUglyBoi : Fox:Exist Humans: *Ill have 5 thank you*

Gerald Pujaya : Humans: what does the fox say?? fox: cyka blyat

Michael Atanasio : Interesting question: Dogs raised with cats sometimes express odd behaviors. They climb more. Groom more. Sometimes they are more standoffish. What might happen if some of these foxes are raised with litters of puppies? Particularly highly sociable breeds?

Valentino Vuitton : Was the cracked iPhone all for “aesthetics” ?

JT Toth : I thought the circle was to prevent sea bear attacks

Dany warfare : *I'LL TAKE YOUR WHOLE STOCK*

FrozenRoxas : Not gonna lie, they're hella cute

TreeMobile. : TierZoo:*makes a whole series to explain this phenomenon with game like logic.*

Jc Santos : Actually met these foxes and they’re really nice! The owners treat them well

Lady Gaga's ARTPOP Shiny Blue Ball : "They greet and move on." So they took foxes and made cats, seems like progress, I guess

Silver0199 : I'd be curious to see what a domesticated fox that didn't spend its first few months as a lab animal would act if socialized with people from an early age

chompachangas : Sounds like they have only another 9950 years of selective breeding to go.

Can We Get 100 Subscribers With No Videos? : I think i speak for everyone when i say: I WANT ONE!!

nutzeeer : Wild foxes stay in the wild. It doesnt hurt them to tame some.

RevZman : This is the only Fox News I want to watch.

Wonder Bread : First Domesticated Fox? Um, they were doing this in ancient times long before you even existed 😂