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For My Foxy Friends

From yerf: A couple of up-close-and-personal domesticated fox clips [1], highlighting their distinctive "Yerf!" cry and somewhat high-strung behavior.





Enjoy!

-The Gneech

[1] In as much as foxes can be domesticated. EDIT: soappuppy says that "tame" is a better term. :)

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soappuppy
Jul. 10th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Bad, bad Gneech -- knowing I'm on your mailing list and saying "domesticated foxes". ;) Tsk! :)

Those are *tame* foxes -- genetically identical to wild foxes, but with their flight distances from humans reduced to zero (and damned happy about it, I see! :) They're NOT domesticated -- if they had offspring, those offspring would not be born tame, they'd have to be tamed as well.

There *are* domesticated foxes -- a guy named Dmitri Belyaev famously bred silver foxes solely for the quality of tameness and, within 18 generations, got foxes who fall all over themselves to be near people. When these foxes' offspring are born, they are just as affectionate, no effort involved! That's domesticated! :) They are also spotted, with underbites and overbites, floppy ears, curly tails, and two heat cycles a year -- sound like any other domesticated canid you know? ;) (Look up "Belyaev fox project", "silver fox domestication" or "Lyudmila Trut" on Google :) Amusing videos are involved!
the_gneech
Jul. 10th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I did put a footnote in specifically for that reason. :) I was using "domesticated" in the sense of "brought into a home."

I'm not sure of the exact distinction of what makes an animal domesticated or not; I do know that raising a lion cub doesn't make it a good pet!

-The Gneech

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