We met the world’s first 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.
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11 Sep 2018



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Verge Science
Verge Science Vor 7 Monate
Should we be domesticating wild animals?
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As long as we keep the wild ones species alive, i see no problem, wolves did not go extinct because we domesticated them
Garion Porter
Garion Porter Vor Monat
It's not 100% up to us:; some animals know there is benefit to being close to man.
zylith orchid
zylith orchid Vor Monat
No Sorry for the direct answer
The Raging Platypus
Why not?
Harper Ant
Harper Ant Vor 2 Monate
Julia Mazurek
Julia Mazurek Vor Stunde
In the subtitles it says (speaks foreign language) whenever this scientist name is said even tho his full name is on the screen. Poor subtitles
Kodesii Vor 3 Stunden
Furries are probably getting far too excited over this
Patty villalba
Patty villalba Vor 3 Stunden
Foxes are kind of a mixt between dogs ans cats
0786RICARDO Vor 9 Stunden
The secret is keep the money flowing
JARedwolf100 Vor 10 Stunden
Fox is the best of two worlds to a degree. Cat and dog characteristics, you can play fetch and can clean up the rodent problem! :P
Larry Jeffryes
Larry Jeffryes Vor 10 Stunden
I think that the pack behavior of wolves/dogs must factor into how a potential for domestication/pacification is expressed and how far that tolerance for human interaction can progress to cooperation. We can’t expect them to be any more doglike to us than to each other.
Jeff Bowen
Jeff Bowen Vor 14 Stunden
Dont you think that dogs started being nice to humans is they found that humans would feed them? so the cuter the dog, the more food they got
Jim Jay
Jim Jay Vor 16 Stunden
Sure it works with a fox but can you do it with a coyote.... This experiment must be done.
fessniff Vor 16 Stunden
I'm pretty sure we would be able to make a mouse wag its tail. We made goats produce spider silk so why not?
Michael Yang
Michael Yang Vor 17 Stunden
But what does the fox say?
Four Score
Four Score Vor 18 Stunden
TOYAH! *shineshineshine*
addicted creator
addicted creator Vor 18 Stunden
I have a easier solution: stop trying to domesticate everything
Wooden Spoon
Wooden Spoon Vor 21 Stunde
9:53 domestication syndrome is wild
sonicraft999 Vor 23 Stunden
HEWOW, am fox, am awso ewite fwend. Pwese be fwend.
Jack Da Money
We've been domesticating wild animals for a long time, why would we stop now...
grant mears
grant mears Vor Tag
Everyone follow juniperfox on Instagram for your daily clever tame fox fix. Best animal insta ever.
Elliott Johnson
Dogs domesticated US hombre.
Paragon Of virtue
If you can domesticate a Fox then you can tame the devil .
rizzle razzleuno
Selective breeding and gene manipulation in all living things can result in good or bad, so experimenting with plants and animals should be done with great care and long range planning. There is no shortage of dogs, so is trying to create a fox that is not a fox (another breed of dog?) just a breeding experiment or something else? This a moral and scientific question. All domesticated animals were once wild animals so it is possible that trying to create a domesticated fox is just in line with the development of the other domesticated animals. In 300 years or so will be interesting to look back at his video......Let's hope that wild foxes can continue to survive as we humans slowly destroy their habitat.
Exxie the Writer
Okay uh...so they tamed foxes and they greet you and move on. So...you made cats. That's what you did.
ADAM Sandal
ADAM Sandal Vor Tag
Goood fuucks... goood fuucks...
Kitty Mittens
I wish I was born 60 years from now, then the foxes would a be a normal pet
Donnybrook Vor Tag
these are not the first domesticated foxes. People have been raising fox cuds for centuries. Bullshit and irresponsible
jj a
jj a Vor Tag
So if the fox bites you it's not ready yet🤔😅😃
Raccoonscale s
Dogs did not come from wolves fool
JG Vor Tag
That sounded awful, “we could use gene editing tools to domesticate entirely new animals in the lab!” Were truly lost in this age
j G
j G Vor 2 Tage
Saying that dogs came from wolves 14,000 years ago is a hypothesis first of all its 100% Theory there is no conclusive proof for factual evidence that points to that at all all of it is Theory all of it is assumption all of it every single bit of it.
j G
j G Vor 2 Tage
Does a professor who is studying the patterns of genealogy somehow Know more than any other person would common basic sense or a spiritual intuition?
j G
j G Vor 2 Tage
Saying a Wolf... evolved into a friendly dog... you sound so stupid and ridiculous saying that theory. Because it is a theory. The fact is the Supreme Creator who created all of us ... the way that we are. Genetically . so although humans obviously we have a different option an alternative to evolve how we choose to genetics of some species have evolved but mostly all species the way they were born they stayed exactly the way that they are and have been
z dub
z dub Vor 2 Tage
Watched a documentary on this. If you only let the friendliest breed you can get tame foxes in as little as 3 generations of selective breeding. They will eventually lose their red coloring and begin to look more like dogs as their coloration stops being useful to survival.
Preston Cooper
Preston Cooper Vor 2 Tage
U kinda look like the guy from fall out boy
AquaDarkSkull Vor 2 Tage
If we were to attempt to domesticate wild animals we need to do many things for that to succeed. First off we would need to make them not just more friendly towards humans but we need to forge a bond with them to show them that they can trust us. We will also need to find out how we should take care of them, we will have to teach them how to socialize with humans and also each other. We should also study their dietary needs in order to keep them well fed and healthy. But I’m no genius in this so what do I know...
Kristen Vor 2 Tage
better watch out for those wild furries trying to get into their cages
Benny Hath
Benny Hath Vor 2 Tage
Good thing he's safe from sea bears in that circle
Anthony Wood
Anthony Wood Vor 2 Tage
its really hard to believe that for so many years they just overlooked the fact that an animal needs to be socialized to be domesticated. you cant just be a breeder and expect the end result to be a fully domesticated animal. you see that in any animal that lacks human interaction they're not very social, and shocker, because they haven't been socialized.
David Moreno
David Moreno Vor 2 Tage
If humans are to eventually control the entire planet i think genetic domestication might be a good idea to help mantain a rich web of life. But hey, sci fi dreams.
Foxes are very cute, they are like a dog/cat
Beaming Betelgeuse
People who buy domesticated foxes are weird people yep it's true
Detective Bonghits
Interesting video. But having somebody apply human psychology to foxes is fucking stupid.
Î Bäbçõćk
Î Bäbçõćk Vor 2 Tage
Wrong about cats. They domesticated themselves and have almost no genetic deviation from the wold stock they came from. Something that basic wrong... Don't trust anything else
Penny Lane
Penny Lane Vor 2 Tage
You can say about the ethics of CRISPR whatever you want, but pet armadillos might just be what humanity needs right now.
daisydaisy Vor 2 Tage
I’m not sure if the friendliness or sociability on immediate introduction to a human should wholly be the measurement of a fox’s companion ability. If you had put a cat in that cage, it probably would have hissed at the man and cowered into the corner. Nevertheless, cats are very mild mannered and they make lovely companions once you get comfortable with them.
trefod Vor 2 Tage
It seems weird to start with an animal that doesn't live in a social group.
MrRedeyedJedi Vor 2 Tage
Foxes squirrels and even bears can be domesticated over time. The videos of people who have them as well as other exotic animals as pets can be found in abundance all over youtube
Czarnypionek Vor 2 Tage
Make more
Tobeqz Vor 2 Tage
Just get a cat it's basically the same thing
Bad Sketch
Bad Sketch Vor 3 Tage
Before you praise Dmitri Belyaev for domesticating foxes, research a little bit. His approach was Darwinian to the extreme. His method brutal. "Does it cower when it sees me? It lives and is allowed to breed." Anything else he shot and sold for fur. I think he killed 90% of 45,000 foxes in the first decade of his experiment. So yeah, Nice result, bad person.
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley Vor 3 Tage
Well he's dead now and his successors are going about it in a much better way, so let's not dwell on it. The English probably thought George Washington was a horrible person when he served as a general and lead America in the fight to freedom, but look at us now, no one cares that we're our own country anymore. Same with Dmitri. He was brutish and crude, but he paved the way to something that is, in my eyes, beautiful in more ways than one. My apologies if I come off as rude, I don't intend it that way.
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AlexIsModded Vor 3 Tage
And I wonder, if every time the Belyaev foxes came up to you, you rewarded them with positive reinforcement, such as a kind voice, physical affection/petting, play, and treats, if they would become even friendlier. They are clearly predisposed to be interested in humans, so why test to see how interested they can be? Not to turn them into dogs, because they aren't dogs, they are foxes. But to test the limits of their intelligence, and have a truly unique companion.
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley Vor 2 Tage
I like where your head's at. Looking at these creatures, I can already see they would respond much better to positive reinforcement and distraction than it would to negative reinforcement, much like a cat or bird.
Kass The Kat
Kass The Kat Vor 3 Tage
I thought this was about the Japanese fox Forest tbh.
William Design
William Design Vor 3 Tage
friendly foxes should be pets i really like foxes they are so cute and if foxes stay in the wlid they will die of food or fire or hunters thats why we should have foxes
bmx noob
bmx noob Vor Tag
No they won’t die of food or fire or hunters if they do it’s the way of life
bmx noob
bmx noob Vor Tag
William Design wot is short for what
William Design
William Design Vor 2 Tage
+bmx noob What Is Wot??? Please Tell Me
William Design
William Design Vor 2 Tage
+bmx noob what is wot???
Adam Moncrieffe
Adam Moncrieffe Vor 3 Tage
It depends what animals that you make domesticated. Foxes and things that are similar to the animals we are used to being domesticated like foxes
Ama Sma
Ama Sma Vor 3 Tage
Why, just let them be foxes...
Patrick Marino
Patrick Marino Vor 2 Tage
These foxes were not able to live in the wild, they would have died
jeyhapro Vor 3 Tage
When my dad was younger he found a stray dog and my grandpa allowed him to keep it. After taking it to the vet it was revealed that the dog was in fact half fox. Somehow a dog and fox had a baby which was my dads stray. They had the dog for a long time and it died of old age and my dad loved him. Fox's are beautiful creatures
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley Vor 2 Tage
This... is unpredecented. Makes me wonder how on earth that happened... The world is really incredible sometimes.
Big Boii
Big Boii Vor 3 Tage
Ruiluth Vor 3 Tage
This is why I love parrots. They naturally form strong emotional bonds and since they don't know what species they are innately, if raised by humans they have no idea that their birds and they bond really strongly with people. They don't really *need* to be domesticated.
Jonathan Ambriz
Jonathan Ambriz Vor 3 Tage
Bascially, we can make lions and other predators completely harmless to humans in the future.
Rwaggy Rwuper Rwinstincts
Naruto already domesticated a fox
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley Vor 2 Tage
Billy Bob
Billy Bob Vor 3 Tage
*Bear captures and tames humans*
Kyle Vidrine
Kyle Vidrine Vor 3 Tage
I mean it’s not like you have to recreate the dog to make them good pets
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley Vor 2 Tage
Agreed. Refer to birds. And cats. And most rodents. And otters. And bears. Yeah you get the point... nice name btw ;)
Zacharias Suurholma
''1 meter radius circle'' thats a wierd looking circle
Jewel Maiden
Jewel Maiden Vor 3 Tage
This is a great video! Did you have the credits to the music used in this video? Specifically around 6:36 - 9:00ish
Captain Rex
Captain Rex Vor 4 Tage
In Russia fox tames you
It makes my blood boil to see those foxes in such horrid conditions... wire bottomed cages are very uncomfortable, and the poor foxes have no room to play, interact, run, or dig... love the experiment, hate the way it is being done
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley Vor 2 Tage
It's an improvement over the way Dmitri did it. And let's be real, most of this project is likely unfunded. They're doing what they can, not what they choose.
derrik tie
derrik tie Vor 4 Tage
white ppl and there exotic animals sheez...
Puppy Lover
Puppy Lover Vor 4 Tage
I don't think foxes should be pets.
Ginger Carlson
Ginger Carlson Vor 4 Tage
Foxes are the best!
AOG Angels Of Glory
DJBAGEL Eatusbeanus
*How to find your pet fox* Normal fox: call it's name Russian fox: * Russian anthem *
Lisa Greenstein
Lisa Greenstein Vor 4 Tage
Foxes are solitary hunters, they have no motivation to join your pack.
F-350 Guy
F-350 Guy Vor 4 Tage
Circa 1996, the yardmaster at Corkerhill Railway Depot in Scotland befriended and effectively domesticated an entire family of foxes. It took him six whole months before they would eat food from his hand. It was a specific family or clan that he befriended.
Spritz Vor 5 Tage
Y'know, the whole concept of a "master race" of humans is just a recipe for disaster. We should celebrate humanity as a whole as the master race. Humans are amazing. (We'll keep the other guys around, though. Especially foxes. Wook at those wittle ears.)
I tough foxes had 9 tails
Cyronics 786
Cyronics 786 Vor 5 Tage
Yo look up Mikdolittles Animals they have a fox reserve in Montana and an adorable Instagram page
Mister Conflict
Mister Conflict Vor 5 Tage
a interesting experiment, but is it worth it?
- Vor 5 Tage
It's ironic that humans breed a certrain behaviour in animals that most of the humans themselves do not have. If humans had not been such pricks since beeing cast down from the trees, many wild animals would propably be more tame. Hunting and killing animals for tens of thousands of years also breeds a certain behaviour in those animals that survived, and that is to be shy and avoid humans.
Ramen Noodles
Ramen Noodles Vor 5 Tage
We are wild animals
Mandi McDaniel
Mandi McDaniel Vor 5 Tage
soon someone will have a idea of getting a pet wolf 🐺
BayviewFinch Vor 6 Tage
In Soviet Russia, people do not tame wild animals. Wild animals tame people.
BayviewFinch Vor 6 Tage
So what did they do with the foxes that were less friendly? Kill them? Or put them into the wild where they were killed or died otherwise quickly because they didn't know how to survive properly?
Dapper Flareon
Dapper Flareon Vor 6 Tage
That's interesting, but what does the fox say?
Tyler C
Tyler C Vor 6 Tage
Damn, now I want a pet fox
QBU licious
QBU licious Vor 6 Tage
Why do they look like cats?
h1story Vor 6 Tage
Domesticated fox: exists Dogs: Finally, a worthy opponent
- Vor 6 Tage
"They're on the _path_ to doghood". Yes, if you keep using selective-breeding… for the next several hundred or thousand years. Even then, what's the point of domesticating them if you breed out all of the behaviors that make them foxes? You'd end up with a dog that looks like a fox, not a fox. It's like those Chinese dogs that look like tigers, pandas, or Pikachus. ¬_¬
Patrick Marino
Patrick Marino Vor 2 Tage
I would love to have a dog that looks like a fox...
arron Singh
arron Singh Vor 6 Tage
Should of done it with tigers
pau; guillory
pau; guillory Vor 6 Tage
They are cute i want one
Eddie Spassov
Eddie Spassov Vor 6 Tage
I love foxes so much
Elite Reaper
Elite Reaper Vor 6 Tage
Why does this guy look like a shark
AceGamerz 91
AceGamerz 91 Vor 6 Tage
Ok so, What does the fox say
amoxford 2
amoxford 2 Vor 6 Tage
Does the slave trade count as human domestication?
ShutUpTara_ Vor 3 Tage
No you utter wankstain
cez BD
cez BD Vor 7 Tage
Like Juniper and Fig!
Drew Lourie
Drew Lourie Vor 7 Tage
The thing is, if you domesticate so many wild animals it will tear apart ecosystems , making predators to the foxes have less food and prey of the Fox will grow
Jack Leone
Jack Leone Vor 7 Tage
I guess we can finally figure out what the fox says?
Goyim Intelligence Agency
This guy is such a beta male that I had to mute the video!
the queen
the queen Vor 5 Tage
What does that have to do with anything??
Scott Braun
Scott Braun Vor 7 Tage
While you, are in a real tam fox farm, by you're own statement, they've been around a long time. Particularly intence training is where the first fox owners you present first, simplely didn't have them HOUSE trained. They only new the lab, & the fox farm. HOUSE TRAINING, would possiblely be chalanging, but, _that's_ where it finnished, not started -I understand that. It's still a long way from finnished.
Mr_Eman Vor 7 Tage
im watching this at *3AM* Why...
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