We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

  • Published on:  9/11/2018
  • 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/2FqJZMlLike Verge Science on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hoSukOFollow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Kr29B9Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvXRead More: http://www.theverge.comCommunity guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAvSubscribe to Verge on YouTube for explainers, product reviews, technology news, and more: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs gene editing


  • Verge Science
    Verge Science  11 months ago+15270

    Should we be domesticating wild animals?

  • KingTesticus
    KingTesticus 1 months ago+4450

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

  • Killkor
    Killkor 2 months ago+3875

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

  • WolfyWolf 1239
    WolfyWolf 1239 21 days ago+979

    This just proves that minecraft foxes should be tameable.

  • CodySkull
    CodySkull 1 months ago+2870

    2100: "How We domesticated a Blue Whale"

  • Beun Haas
    Beun Haas 2 months ago+1279

    How can I domesticate my mother in law?

  • Prin-Prin
    Prin-Prin 2 months ago+3121

    You want a dog? You want a cat? Boom you got a fox

  • Rose Red
    Rose Red 21 days ago+512

    I love how we humans are so fixated on bonding with anything that's cute and fluffy that we obsess over it, collectively, for generations.

  • Lady Ramkin
    Lady Ramkin 2 months ago+884

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

  • Madd Snork
    Madd Snork 11 months ago+6218

    This is literally fox news

  • Klawdust
    Klawdust 1 months ago+896

    Me: I want a fox
    Fox: I will poop and pee on your counter
    Me: I Do not want a fox

  • Mrx Tyrant
    Mrx Tyrant 21 days ago+194

    Taming a fox is easy. Just give it some sweet berries.
    few will understand the reference...

  • Cleveland Olivia
    Cleveland Olivia 21 days ago+234

    Foxes are not pack animals. They will never be like dogs who descended from wolves which are pack animals. If anything I’d say foxes will become more like cats than dogs in the way they communicate as pets.

  • Cookies n Cream
    Cookies n Cream 1 months ago+331

    Verge Science: Foxes lick wag their tails and are very friendly. There’s nothing quite like them
    Dog: Am I a joke to u

  • melissa saint
    melissa saint 2 months ago+911

    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"

  • Keith Dixon
    Keith Dixon 2 months ago+247

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

  • J D
    J D 21 days ago+215

    When they finally get these mf’s to act right, I’m gettin me a catdog😎

  • BrickGodz
    BrickGodz 1 months ago+131

    Friend: "are you a cat or dog person?"
    Me: fox go FLOOF

  • Galactic Dragon
    Galactic Dragon 21 days ago+189

    2019: Domesticating foxes
    3085: Mom, can I get a leopard cub ?
    Sure, but its your responsability

  • Axl H.
    Axl H. 1 months ago+76

    Just feed them some sweet berries and make them breed and they’re friendly