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We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

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This week, we meet 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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Verge Science (3 months ago)
Should we be domesticating wild animals?
Kittycat TDH (1 month ago)
Controversial
mui muhadresh (1 month ago)
NO!
Gabriella Gál (1 month ago)
This started as an experiment and brought brilliant results. Better to domesticate than keep in a tiny cage in their entire life than eat...Be vegan :)
Fab San (1 month ago)
We have already been doing that for thousands of years, mate
Christy Ryuu (1 month ago)
No no no... we can't even take care of the issues from our domesticated friends 🤦 Absolutely no
Clara Do (8 minutes ago)
dogs are emotionally available idk why this makes me laugh just imagine a dating website with a picture of a dog and it says "emotionally available"
Justin van Brecht (30 minutes ago)
1/10 not enough shinespikes
ToffeePlays (1 hour ago)
...I want a pet fox...
Jovanni Salas (1 hour ago)
i think that if we successfully domesticate foxes or other wild animals the demand will just rise and lead to over population of that species. Then because there are too many of them they would get mistreated just like dogs, cats, and any other high demand pet. Shelters over flowing with animals, most of them being forced to kill the animals. its just a business selling living things. leave the animals where they are. treat the planet like it is not ours because it isnt.
Hectic Hive (4 hours ago)
I want those foxes so badly. You don't truly realize just how badly I want like a red fox rn.
Great Ima (5 hours ago)
The domestication of wild animals should be illegal.
Absoloute Brain Candy (4 hours ago)
;(
Ramen Lover (6 hours ago)
I LUV FOXES!!!
yunikage (6 hours ago)
Cats aren't actually domesticated in the way that dogs and horses are. They're essentially just wild animals who happen to have behavior patterns that work in a domestic setting.
Patti Hutchens (7 hours ago)
Foxes are the cutest things on Earth
Icy Boi (7 hours ago)
Isn't there already a fox zoo or something in Japan where they're already domesticated?
TetePlayerGameplays (7 hours ago)
R.I.P RonRon
Walnut Gaming (7 hours ago)
Yeah no there is a YouTube Chanel that has had a domestic fox that was 8 years ago
Deku (7 hours ago)
Cool video, but I'm perfectly happy with dogs.
Karina Sykora (7 hours ago)
I really hate the process they did this with. I'm not against domesticating the foxes but their cages don't even have a floor, just wire meshing :/
[matterkins (7 hours ago)
ew they're turning into cats
Ben Sears (8 hours ago)
can we selectively breed humans
Lady Jane (9 hours ago)
I would love to get a fox; however, I am a little afraid of their dietary requirements and possible special needs that don't really exist in dogs.
Mark Hepworth (9 hours ago)
This is a another fine example of human cuntishness.
You're amazing (11 hours ago)
A fox is basically a cat, but a dog...
tipican covek (13 hours ago)
Kurama what did they do to you
Kirby Brown (14 hours ago)
Is my cat not domesticated because he poos and pees in my house even when the back door is open
suziepage1 (14 hours ago)
Really hate the tiny cages for the breeding foxee!!! Especially the floor!!
SomeguynamedMatt (15 hours ago)
In Soviet Russia, fox not run away from you, you run away from friendly fox!
MerinGD (15 hours ago)
What a weird dog.
The_Dolphin (16 hours ago)
Time to domesticate *Lions*
trha2222 (16 hours ago)
Amazing. Now, can we domesticate liberals?
Hydra Jamm (17 hours ago)
Seem like cats
Ian Lauver (18 hours ago)
They should definitely re breed these fox’s to make more domesticated fox’s
Pyr0Maniac (18 hours ago)
If I had a fox i would name him Jeremy Comment what you would name a fox if they were your pet
Jessica Crisanti (18 hours ago)
I guess you have not seen loki on YouTube
Snowy Moon (18 hours ago)
*Time to domesticate our microscopic bacteria*
Akiraiss (19 hours ago)
sometimes I think foxes are very dangerous dogos, is that weird?
#ColeSonMusic #SingerSongwriter (20 hours ago)
try to domesticate some humans instead.
TheNewFormat (20 hours ago)
They can't Help themselves around chicken's..."Them for eating!"
Aumeii Animations (23 hours ago)
I hope that in the future foxes can be an acual family friendly pet
Good Samaritan Sam (1 day ago)
WTF I was just about to search for this video, and it showed up on my recommended
Hold'em High (1 day ago)
I had a fox break into my chicken coop, kill all the chickens and not eat any!
Honey Lorax (1 day ago)
Where’s RonRon? :,( Where’s Foxabiazul?
Jacob Fu (1 day ago)
This brought back the childhood memory of Le Petit Prince!😢😢😢😢
Betty Veronica (1 day ago)
Planet of the Apes is in the future...
eyezpopmusic (1 day ago)
This is actually cruel in a way
sehcamille (1 day ago)
The people who chose the title clearly never heard of the little prince.
Justin Gonzalez (1 day ago)
Do not own wild animals in your house you will regret it
Anon Apoh (1 day ago)
Poor animals.
Dante Anderson (1 day ago)
"There's nothing quite like them" Dogs, dogs are like them
CuatroViente (1 day ago)
What would happen if all animals were domesticated and humans stop eating animals okay maybe only fish but nothin else what would the world be like?
Wanheda (1 day ago)
Dogs are pack animals and foxes are not. That is why it is so easy to tame dogs and is also why it is so easy to create a bond with a dog. Because they are pack animals they are naturally very social and is not something that was simply bred into them, but is something they have always had.
Super Lady (1 day ago)
Man I can’t wait to buy me a pet fox
vev i orten cory in da hus (1 day ago)
I'll take your whole stock
Gucci LightYear (1 day ago)
*50 years in the future they will probably be breeding domesticated tigers*
bleach (1 day ago)
it would be so interesting to see how friendly foxes that were bred to be nice and friendly foxes with childhoods filled with humans were. i guess what i’m saying is see if giving these foxes a dog like life could change them
Mr 420 (1 day ago)
Its not the FIRST domesticated fox... change your title. And the owner treat it like a dog......
ShaneTheSavageProductions (1 day ago)
I’d love a fox, it’s like a cat and a dog combined
Ocean Girl (1 day ago)
fox
jaehyun 27 (1 day ago)
Yess pleasee
Chris D'Angelo (1 day ago)
Sooooo it's a cat.
Slush Puppy (1 day ago)
0:37 the poor guy is on 9%
yfelwulf (2 days ago)
Russia experimented decades ago they worked out it took 40 generations to TOTALLY domesticate a wild Fox. They even started to change colour like regular dogs. Rabbits do the same when the Stress hormone reduces in the population.
Jonathan Rhodes (2 days ago)
This is an amazing experiment, and if you think about it, it's happening to every animal everywhere. Humans put a very real evolutionary pressure on everything they're around. Friendly animals get more food; actively hostile animals get hunted down, shot, exiled to strange and unknown territories, etc. Give it enough time, you'll find this sort of adaptation appearing naturally.
Xain'd Zleena (2 days ago)
So wolves evolved into dogs, yet wolves and dogs still exist today...what a load of bullshit! Apes still exist, so do fish, birds, lizards etc. evolution is a lie, Creation is truth.
AMY JOR (2 days ago)
is ur phone cracked or something??? freaked me out thhought my laptop was cracked
Lama H (2 days ago)
Can I find a domesticated wolf?
Dr DoomX9 (2 days ago)
Fox go Flooof
Patrick Henry (2 days ago)
BS, behavior traits are purely environmental derp.
BonnieBlue2A (2 days ago)
I still would not trust one of these around the henhouse.
MeatySmirk (2 days ago)
Well I've seen domesticated foxes on the internet for years so
Caroline Cameron (2 days ago)
We shouldn’t domesticate wild animals because many of these species trying to be domesticated are already endangered. And the process of transporting them to human homes is usually abusive. On top of that, taking some wild animals out of homes throws off the balance of fragile ecosystems. The less human interference the better.
Elizabeth Maloney (2 days ago)
(NO CHANGE)
tabuu9 (2 days ago)
1:51 (speaks foreign language) is my favorite communist
Fortnite Gameplay Videos (2 days ago)
Look up juniperfoxx on Instagram SHE HAS 2 FOXES AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF EXOTIC ANIMALS and I was following her from my first day of Instagram which was like a year or 2 ago
Fortnite Gameplay Videos (2 days ago)
Can I have a pet fox
Kevin Loucks (2 days ago)
soooo is it... dommesticATED or dommestIC fox? big difference.
gn8moon (2 days ago)
very interesting but the humans best friend (dogs) witch came from wolfs are used to life in packs ..foxes are not so it is logic for me that dogs are more social ..and is it realy the dna that is responsible for the domestication or is it just that they were Born in the Situation of Living with/around humans and got used to it ...hmm guess it is hard to proove any of this
Cum Crusader (2 days ago)
Why aren’t we domesticating Grizzly Bears or Lions or something.
Test Anonymus (2 days ago)
A Wild Animal should never be domesticated !!!
Brad Tucker (2 days ago)
My grandchildren may have pet foxes?
DumDum Here (2 days ago)
So the fox says "woof"
TigerPlayz 2000 (2 days ago)
I think we shoudnt be domesticsting animal well in some situation though but.. making wild animals domesticate isnt part of thier enxinct
Maria Huynh (2 days ago)
Why is this in my recommendations again?
MARK MAHAN (2 days ago)
The key as the video points out is socialization of the foxes. Even human children need this to be social.
Wyatt Nooodles (2 days ago)
neat
Camila Hernandez (2 days ago)
If the species is happy in the wild just leave them there😐😁
Pagman (2 days ago)
That's neat, but look at the fox at 5:38. That thing's fur pattern is beautiful.
Michael Scott Harris (2 days ago)
Fox are not social animals. They do not live in packs. They have no social hierarchy. They can really never be dogs.
Mochi Mochi (2 days ago)
Who else is messed up by the “good fox?”
Smack 2 (2 days ago)
Foxes are not wolves. I wouldn't be scared of one they're tiny.
Maya McCullough (3 days ago)
This is probably a stupid question but, domesticated wolves became known as dogs. So what do you thinka domesticated fox would be called if anything?
Spooky Skeliton (3 days ago)
My dad had a fox over 30 years ago. Hardly doubt the "world's first"
mark falls (3 days ago)
and interesting follow up to this is how long it takes foxes, dogs or cats to go feral and reject those "friendly" genes...
Caveat Lector (3 days ago)
It's strange how they are performing a circle test on a dog which inherently is a pack animal, meaning looks for close contact with others, and a fox that is a lone hunter animal that does not crave pack proximity behavior.
KENJU (3 days ago)
Pause 2:59
Am B. (3 days ago)
And what about Cats? I mean, true, they don't show love the same as dogs, don't really do much for us as some would like to. Some cats choose to let us carry them anywhere, some don't like it and that's that. I THINK it's good to domesticate them for them to live alongside with people and for their ultimately survival. Yet try to make them like dogs would be truly, a bad idea. Cat's are not dogs and we love them for it. Foxes will not be dogs and we have to love them for what they are: foxes.
Starseeker (3 days ago)
do you know what happens to those who dont pass the test... x). One question: from where do you think the fur for those very expensive cloths made from foxes comes?
Zack Payne Compilations (3 days ago)
OMG I WANT ONE
Paul White (3 days ago)
So, KGB sleeper agent foxes... Feds need to round up any and all suspects. 😂
MetaLauss96 (3 days ago)
couldnt u fix ur screen? makes this whle thing look wack
R6 FUZE (3 days ago)
I want a masticated fox
HALO MASTER (3 days ago)
I want a fox to name kurima so I can brag to all of my friends
KRNG Nick (3 days ago)
domesticate the wild animals that attack humans