We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

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Verge Science : Should we be domesticating wild animals?

PowahSlap Entertainmint : SWIPER, NO SWIPING.

Mutantcy1992 : Time to domesticate humans

J : I live out in the woods and you can domesticate just about anything If you feed it.

Kung Lao : But what does it say?

IInsanatic Myth : So basically foxes that are supposed to act like dogs but have a cat's brain.

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

Jane Brown : You 'domesticate' a species, you 'tame' an individual. Lots of confusion over that one here. (Edit: I have now explained this in detail below.)

Captain Qwaz Caz : Imagine a domesticated rock.

Anton J : Dogs are pack-animals and foxes are not. I think that’s why you can’t compare them.

Liliana Bertoli : Wolves live in packs which are structured hierarchically. Outside of the pack a wolf would not survive very long - hence the dog's adaptability to human family life, they need the group. Foxes do not live in packs and are therefore more independent - they can survive alone, like cats. A fox will never behave like a dog.

Skipperino Kripperino : Why the dude look like a fox

TheTaterTotP80 : Why do they have concrete floors for them? They should have grass and softer, natural landscapes and environments. It's just cruel otherwise. As is locking them in pens and cages.

mike- rayner-videos : very interesting video, foxes sure are beautiful animals 💖 thanks for sharing :)

JORDANIAN : Thank mother Russia

Горацио Втрубудуев : I read about some Belyaev foxes that live in regular families in Russia. They can be house trained if taken as cubs. It is more difficult process compared to dogs but doable (some say that they are easier than cats). And they made wonderful pets, they are smart, love to cuddle, mischievous and more. (They do behave like dog/cat mix) the main problem with house fox is when it is startle they make some really bad smell. Not as bad as skunk, but you will not want to be in that room for a few hours.

Megumi Goose : Honestly domestication could be a saving grace for some species. As humans expand, we could be finding ways to incorporate animals into our world rather than crowding them out. This obviously won't work for every species but it's something to consider in preperation for the future and maintaining genetic diversity

Jane Brown : Foxes will never become just like dogs because they are naturally 'part-dog, part-cat, part-neither' in their characteristics. They are classed as canids, but the information below is really interesting: ….. Behavioral Similarity to Cats: - Foxes hunt like cats—instead of hunting like their endurance hunter cousins, foxes are stealth hunters (foxes stalk and pounce like cats and sometimes play with their prey). - Foxes hunt the same prey as cats. - Foxes hunt in a solitary manner like cats (as opposed to the group hunting methods of other canids). - Foxes kill their prey in a cat-like manner—most canids grab and shake their prey, but foxes use their long, slender (again, cat-like) canines to bite to kill. - A fox's method of posturing (fur raised, back arched, stiff-legged prance, and batting pounce) is similar to a cat’s method. ….. Physical Similarity to Cats: - Foxes have an optical structure similar to cats—foxes have vertical pupils which narrow to slits and a reflective membrane at the back of their eye. Both adaptation enable superior day and night vision. - Foxes have partially retractable claws—these claws can be extended to help them climb trees (grey foxes, at least) or retracted to pad quietly and stealthily. - A fox's whiskers are long and as sensitive as a cats. (quote from Quora, paraphrasing Walter Shedd's research)

Jane Brown : Lots of comments here on whether cats are domesticated. Cats have been domesticated for 10,000 years, and dogs for 40,000 years. There's no less emotion involved with cat<>human interface, but the emotions are not exactly the same as with dogs. They are individuals, but mainly enjoy social interaction, stroking, sharing warmth and space, 'chatting', etc. (Did you know 'chat' comes from the French word for cat?) Anyone who says cats are there just for the food shows ignorance. My cats are a perfect example. Always there, begging to come in, wanting cuddles, conversation, love. Yet I NEVER FEED THEM. That's because they actually live next door - but spend all the time they can with me because they get a far better EMOTIONAL deal at my house.

Jonathan Law : Gering-dingding-dingdingding Papapapapapow! Hateehateehateeho!

sarge 233 : *Place finger here* 👇 if you want a fox as a pet now

miss strawberry : Me: guys I’m just gonna get my fox Them: oh so you named you pet “fox” ? Me: **shows them an actual fox** Them: whAT

Urigella : Not the first, but ok.

Jessica Hothersall : I don't see why foxes need to become dogs to be pets? We don't expect cats to be dogs, though they still live in our homes as pets (with a mind of their own). Seems to me, foxes are more catlike in behaviour, independently minded but still like their humans too. Also, if you re-home an adult greyhound raised for racing in kennels, they are difficult to housetrain. So maybe the foxes need housetraining from cub hood, just the same way dogs are? Puppies do not arrive housetrained either! There was a tv programme recently, where an elderly lady in a first floor flat, offers pieces of sausage to a completely wild fox daily. But it has to 'sit' first. She says Sit, fox sits, fox gets sausage. After a while, fox fetched friend fox to also get sausage, though it had to also learn to sit first. Didn't take it long, it watched number one fox sit, and copied it. Foxes are moving into towns already, just like when wolves approached early humans, and just maybe foxes want to domesticate themselves? I find it odd, that we have this attitude that wild animals mustn't be domesticated, why not? If early man had that limited attitude, we wouldn't have dogs/cats/horses now. Domesticating animals, generally means they survive more effectively as a species, we protect our pets, far better than we do the wild ones. Our pets are not at risk of extinction, while many wild animals are, and others have already gone.

George Lewis : Damm real expensive foxes 🐱 9k

zak4tt4ck : Jesus Christ! your not even sitting in the center of the circle... i cant watch this anymore.

Benito Llan Matos : I love how each time he says "Belyaev" (or other Russian NAME) the subtitles say "(speaks foreign language)" XD

TheFoxInTheBoxProductions : The Furries'll be all over this, I bet you

Tim Harjo : I got a little too excited when he said we're gonna see Redd Foxx

German Carranza : What's crazy is that dogs are still considered wolves genetically speaking; they are part of the same species. Dogs are just a subspecies of wolves.

Name McNamey : BS on the first claim, In Ireland i met a guy who is locally famous in rural Kilkenny who keeps foxes and they are 100% tamed. The foxes follow this guy all around the village into the shop and even the local pub. The foxes are friendly and will act the exact same as a friendly dog when approached and petted by strangers.

KingSkyLord : If I ever get a domesticated fox, I'm going to teach it how to short-hop double laser.

Vu0r1 : Why's this video so obsessed with comparing their behaviour to dogs? They're not dogs! The guy was right when he compared it to domesticating a horse. Pet foxes are going to be an entirely different thing to dogs, so maybe chill and treat the ways they're dissimilar as quirks instead of defects.

Rachel Solomon : "they greet and interact, and then they move on" soooo... they're basically cats.

AimlessMoto : Now if we could only breed humans this way...

Yuck Fou : the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Malena Boeva : Their behaviour is just a mix between a dog's and a cat's

Lizard-Motion Films : 4:43 What breed is that?

kingVT : I am against this, if we succeed, there will always be humans that decide to selectively breed just like how they managed to change a dog that is similar to a wolf, to a pug, which is not good for the animal itself, they were bred to the point where they couldn't breathe right, which is why you might hear a pug, constantly huffing.

Donald Kronos : I've always thought we should produce domesticated versions of as many distinct animals as we can.. One thing I think would speed their research along, is to search for genes that tend to be the same between wild foxes and wild wolves, but different in domesticated dogs and domesticated foxes. I would expect there must be at least some such genes and those would be great candidates for genes involved in domestication.

I, Joseph Stalin want 400 subs by the end of 2018. : Can you domestic Russia now? Thanks.

Virtual Entertainment : Who else wants a freaking fox as a pet now?!?


Jintian Meng : Now.....what does the fox say??

Schrade Hyena : What? I was pretty sure domesticated animals like this existed (and were being sold) for quite a long time. Can someone explain, please?

theagrafiotis : Evolution turned wolves to dogs, then later "we dont know how dogs became emotional". Those two contradict each other.

Shawn Marino : The SpongeBob circle.

KwazyWabbit : What happens when domesticated Foxes get into the wild and breed ? There is a risk of future generations being less capable of surviving. It's best to leave nature alone.

HUMAN-512 Not robot : As CGP Grey said, 'If it's in a farm, it's domesticated. If it's in a circus, it's tamed.' I don't think these foxes are domesticated. They're trained as much as bred to be friendlier. Also, I wouldn't get into an enclosed space with an animal with that many sharp, prominent teeth, and I have two cats.

Lisa McRad : Damn, they were able to domesticate Foxes? I thought it would be impossible to approach them since they would just shine into up-tilt if you got too close...