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.
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11 Sep 2018

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Verge Science
Verge Science Vor 4 Monate
Should we be domesticating wild animals?
Kittycat TDH
Kittycat TDH Vor 2 Monate
mui muhadresh
mui muhadresh Vor 2 Monate
Gabriella Gál
Gabriella Gál Vor 2 Monate
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
Fab San Vor 2 Monate
We have already been doing that for thousands of years, mate
Christy Ryuu
Christy Ryuu Vor 2 Monate
No no no... we can't even take care of the issues from our domesticated friends 🤦 Absolutely no
Brehon Mills -The Stock Investor
Sad.. Taking the true life out of animals!
Lamster66 Vor Stunde
Wolves were not turned into dogs by evolution. both share a common ancestor which developed into wolves and dogs. The same way as people didn't evolve from chimpanzees
Justin Vor 8 Stunden
Your cracked screen made me think my screen was cracked! Surely you can afford a glass screen protector
Mike Cheng
Mike Cheng Vor 13 Stunden
hahahahahha "good fox good fox"
El SantRey
El SantRey Vor 14 Stunden
Get them when they're young.
BDNeon Vor 16 Stunden
2:14 Playstation DNA?
Aukion Makiro
Aukion Makiro Vor 17 Stunden
Dzeividz Vor Tag
Fox are like mix of cat and dog
Ievgen Ishchuk
that means we as a mammals are easy to be bred - obedience, intellect, look. Ave eugenics! Fanatics are praying now in 3 - 2 - 1
Frank Blackcrow
de-vid.com/video/video-ih7P6E7OBl0.html These are more tame than i this video.
Frank Blackcrow
Sorry not the first domesticated fox.. was done a fair while ago in Russia with 100 foxes in cages that were fed a different diet than what they were used to, and that they did it for generation after generation and got a fox that looked as if they were dogs. the program was started in 1959 in the Soviet Union by zoologist Dmitry Belyayev en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_red_fox
Putthatinur Pipe
So important that you say good fox. If you should say good dog by accident it will rip your face off
NixStellaNova _
Foxes are solitary animals but dogs are pack animals. That factor is very important in making an animal like dogs. I don’t think foxes will ever be exactly like dogs. They will always be their own thing.
Your Neighbour
This is definitely on a different level than their computer assembly/destruction video.
But foxes are not dogs, they are different.
Jungle King
Jungle King Vor Tag
Should lock a pitbull in the cage with the fox 🦊
Jungle King
Jungle King Vor Tag
SomeFurryThing TWOOT So it can learn how to interact with people
SomeFurryThing TWOOT
Jungle King Why?
Beverly Lamon
I have a cockatoo Layla, she will be 18 this year. I have had her since she was 2. Yes she is tame sometimes it's hard to picture her as a wild creature.
jl smith
jl smith Vor Tag
All domesticated animals were once undomesticated. So, yes. It is in OUR genetics to "husband" animals for our needs. It is part of our evolution from hunter gathers to cultivators. Vegans need not reply.
jl smith
jl smith Vor Tag
They remind me more of ferrets than canines.
Franco Vor 2 Tage
Triggered. Too much like Eugenics.
Shane Mul
Shane Mul Vor 2 Tage
Do these people honestly have nothing better to be doing like what a pointless exercise
Karol Okuniewicz
Karol Okuniewicz Vor 2 Tage
Domestication? What a far-fetched expression. Have you seen these bare metal cages? So typical of human. That's sad, if that's what human call domestication. Purely distorted soviet experiment of inprisoning wild animals for generations.
Go get salty on farm animal videos or fish farm videos
If everyone in the world was like you we would get nowhere
Olivia Moore
Olivia Moore Vor 2 Tage
But what does this mean for humans? Nooo I don’t want to be domesticated. On a serious note. Those foxes are adorable 😊
Kaiser Wilhelm II
Seems like a perfect combination of cat and dog
Mr_Tank Talks
Mr_Tank Talks Vor 2 Tage
Doesn't this prove that we can force epigenetic sequence?
Skanda Baby
Skanda Baby Vor 2 Tage
Cat dog...cat dog.... na nana na nana CAT DOG!
Skanda Baby
Skanda Baby Vor 2 Tage
Ginger with a ginger animal, a glutton for punishment! ;-)
Karthik Anjanappa
You don't know the answer to the million dollar question ? Lol I wish I got a million dollars right now . The answer's pretty easy . Watch and read "Jungle Book". Sounds silly but yeah . If you get it , you get it.
Karthik Anjanappa
Somehow always , the answer to a lot of things keeps coming back to coexistence.
Michaelsdj Vor 2 Tage
60 years to tame fox?? WORTH IT
Jimi V
Jimi V Vor 2 Tage
Dogs > Cats
Cruzboy Vor 2 Tage
all dogs came from wolves originally so I don't have a problem with it
cinnamonbeard Vor 2 Tage
Let's just appreciate that there people who are willing to work at caring for them because they have already been partially domesticated. I'm sure they are still learning and making mistakes but the alternative, just releasing all of these animals now used to human surroundings, is pretty darn cruel.
Wolf Vor 2 Tage
2:11 So Sony's Playstation controller buttons gene make dogs friendly?
Fry D
Fry D Vor 2 Tage
GOP has domesticated Fox News.
Michael Niesner
Michael Niesner Vor 2 Tage
sounds like a cat! xD
Chi Phan. D
Chi Phan. D Vor 2 Tage
basically like dog, but as a fox skin.
BroLastic Vor 2 Tage
Finally have a purpose in life to own a pet fox
Jamal Polk
Jamal Polk Vor 2 Tage
Definitely need one
koshikner Vor 3 Tage
1:45 good fox good fox Sounds horrible :)
Good thing a sea bear didn't get you on that circle
Let’s get 2000 Subscribers with no Videos
What does the *FOX* say?
Prasanna Payne
Prasanna Payne Vor 3 Tage
4.5k chromes disliked the firefox
millennial sleek
millennial sleek Vor 3 Tage
Wild animals shouldn’t be domesticated
R Sabio
R Sabio Vor 3 Tage
It seems that a Fox brain would be autistic and dogs a regular brain or maybe vice verse depending on how you think
André Porto
André Porto Vor 3 Tage
Just leave them into the wild.
giraffe neck
giraffe neck Vor 3 Tage
this is so horrible
Philip Dressler
Philip Dressler Vor 3 Tage
When the parents go away they aske the disability revolution to watch their kids it the only we can do we don't molest like you do
Davina Test
Davina Test Vor 3 Tage
Food is the reason that the wolves became friends with man...from following man when hunting. Plus they are a social animals.
Mr. Scoot Scooter
Well, Idk when Verge Science blocked me but I also don't care. We should only attempt to let wild animals live with us if the wild animal allows us to. There's no such thing as domestication. Every being has a personality and a choice and those are things you nor I can control.
Kat DEL Vor 3 Tage
If people could stop hunting foxes that would be great !
Joseph Sherman
Joseph Sherman Vor 3 Tage
Has been happening with humans since the first society was formed, the more sociable and likeable you were and the more you had to offer, the more success you would have (cunning psycho/sociopaths excluded) in society. You'd have a higher chance to breed, and your children would have a higher chance to breed should they continue to show the same traits. Criminals and undesirables would be locked away, executed, thrown into dangerous jobs or even fight our wars. This continues today, but as society changes and the political, social and judicial laws change, so do the people, so we are constantly having to adapt to survive, hence why we never become perfectly adapted to a specific system, also perhaps it goes towards why we constantly feel insecure, nowadays there are entire industries designed and billions spent to make you feel inadequate and insecure. Are we going backwards? What do you think?
StopZombie Vor 3 Tage
Not the first, the old guy has a wild one who became his pet. But no, they shouldn’t be domesticated it would destroy their habitat and balance of nature
Emily Neu
Emily Neu Vor 3 Tage
I could have watched this for hours! Incredibly fascinating and well put together!
Ya boi Bubba
Ya boi Bubba Vor 3 Tage
I want a pet fox...
champy1210 Vor 4 Tage
JRL3 Vor 4 Tage
You'd have a higher and faster chance of success NOT raising foxes by scientists. Animal infants/toddlers need to be held and cared for by humans that love them, not raised in cages!
Bla Vor 4 Tage
*(speaks foreign language)*
Lord Winter
Lord Winter Vor 4 Tage
​ Deepankar Joshi I suppose you'd rather we just let them all fade into extinction? Domestication may well be some of these species' only chance for survival. Better to give them a chance as a domestic animal than lose them forever. I get your point, but humanity as a whole is just too irresponsible for that logic to keep them alive in today's world.
Christopher Arevalo
Humanity is what’s wrong with the world lol You wanna domesticate a Fox just so you can have it inside your house, play with it for what? A max of 5 hours... pet it and make it your friend! Wow interesting, smart.
Parth Upmanyu
Parth Upmanyu Vor 4 Tage
"You shout read about the domestication syndrome because it's wild." I see what you did there.
Daniel Dorn
Daniel Dorn Vor 4 Tage
2:10 - now we can all see it we are all made up of playstation genes
Melody Rivera
Melody Rivera Vor 4 Tage
A wolf is a wolf, a dog is a dog, and a Fox is a Fox! 🤦🏻‍♀️ wolves did not at anytime become a dog. Domesticating an animal does mean it will evolve into another animal.. 😑
Ninja Vor 4 Tage
so my akita is like a fox
•Jo• Vor 4 Tage
Domestication syndrome? Read about it? Pshaw! I came here to be lazy and watch. Not read! 😝
dog lab
dog lab Vor 4 Tage
We do know how wolfs turned into dogs , look up Brian Hare
SnickersOkay?lol Vor 4 Tage
Can the owners of these foxes just tell me one thing? What do the foxes say?
RickJason Vor 4 Tage
We should not be domesticating wild animals. I find it disgusting to see foxes broken down mentally to the point of acting like something they aren’t. I just don’t get these people who devote their lives to destroying animals. It is absolutely evil. Why not domesticate a Tiger? I’m sure if you raise one from birth they will accept you as its’ leader as long as you keep it well fed. Then when the Tiger kills someone because they shook your hand, it’s all good, because the Tiger didn’t know any better. We should then domesticate jackals and hyenas. We can have hyena parks. If a dog gets killed there, they should have known better.
YamahaRacing199 Vor 4 Tage
What a legacy of cruelty, decades of generations of caged foxes for what? to try play nature and domesticate a wild animal to submit to humans. Pathetic waste of scientific research and life!
pseutube Vor 4 Tage
Now I just need a fox names kurama
Greg Hickey
Greg Hickey Vor 4 Tage
Chance Mcgee
Chance Mcgee Vor 4 Tage
Cool Video
Gabriel Flores
Gabriel Flores Vor 4 Tage
now do that but with snakes, we'll meet back in a couple of centuries
Bern M
Bern M Vor 4 Tage
What if a fox identifies as a cat? Is it a cat?
HeartlessKnave Vor 4 Tage
2:29 Should domesticate Americans the same way, would solve a lot of world problems within a generation or two. 3:05, nah, just don't let them breed in general.
reneekatz666 Vor 4 Tage
Time to domesticate cheetahs.
Grey Mann
Grey Mann Vor 5 Tage
A friend of mine had a pet fox years ago. This isn't the first.
cat Vor 5 Tage
Well, the obvious next step is to study a Fox being raised, plainly, as a dog. It needs to be socialized, loved, and taught to behave like man’s best friend. I really hope that this is the path the scientists choose to take.
incredibly beautiful animals
Shoshitake Takeyani
But Foxes aren't like Wolves. Wolves are pack animals & Foxes are solitary animals, like cats. So you'll end up with an exotic feline in a Vulpix body. You can't make an animal something it's not, but you can improve on what it lacks
Luis Luis
Luis Luis Vor 5 Tage
they need to expose them to people but not in cages or glass, they need real interaction with people, since birth to death
Noelia Yaulli
Noelia Yaulli Vor 5 Tage
Just leave the nature as it is, it's not necessary to modify it
Noelia Yaulli
Noelia Yaulli Vor 5 Tage
So... aggressive people or criminals have aggressive genes?
Rami Yako
Rami Yako Vor 5 Tage
So that explains why I'm so friendly but not SOCIAL ... *past experiences*
Julian Marco
Julian Marco Vor 5 Tage
We should domesticate some of them. Cats and dogs already conquered all the continents and they are considered an important factor in mass extinction. If we can do the that to some of the more local animals then we can cut down some of that extinction.
Ian Young
Ian Young Vor 5 Tage
I bet there's a militant feminist out there that's watching this and as a result their imagination is going absolutely wild.......
Zorc Vor 5 Tage
btw people Alex Jones has warned of these kind of scientist. be weary.
Zorc Vor 5 Tage
can you breed a dog with a fox?
bp56789 Vor 5 Tage
"Because it is wild!" ahhhh that's so lame 😂
TheRange Vor 5 Tage
There are a LOT of foxes in the UK! They need to be domesticated. And some left alone.
TheRange Vor 5 Tage
Foxes are a twist between dogs and cats
Anam GGSS Vor 5 Tage
So, anyone up for domesticated snakes? :)
Josh Coward
Josh Coward Vor 5 Tage
Super random question, but what is the music track you played in the background? It's beautiful.
Adam Warren
Adam Warren Vor 5 Tage
Not evolution. Natural selection. Using the term evolution is a gross simplification. Wolves and Dogs are still of the same kind. Wolves didnt become a new creature through being friendly. The Genes were always present they were just activated through successive generations of natural selection for those genes
Eternally Conscious
Studies have shown dogs and wolves are not of the same ''Kind'' if you like, as if a tiger and a house cat are. You cannot make a statement saying a specific dog came from wolves but are ''not exactly sure how it happened''. This is bad science.
Rigoberto Sosa
Rigoberto Sosa Vor 6 Tage
Whats the point when theres millions of dogs in the pound?
The Tweeshrew
The Tweeshrew Vor 6 Tage
Dogs and wolves are the same species saying they evolved is ignorant of you to say no offense they were selectively bred no evolution at all they adapted and selectively bred for their job they are all the same species which is why they can have hybrids
Stasi Ganchev
Stasi Ganchev Vor 6 Tage
Domesticate a whale... I dare you!
bev davis
bev davis Vor 6 Tage
Domestic fox are genetically different than wild fox.
gurubej K
gurubej K Vor 6 Tage
Dog -> doge Cat -> Cate Fox -> ??? Now that's the question to which I need an answer.
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