The Fox says “привет!”
Animal enthusiasts the world over are excited about an astounding new breakthrough in the domestication of the Siberian Fox.
An experiment, which was founded by scientist Dmitri Belyaev around the year 1959 as an attempt to explain the differences in fur between wolves and dogs, has succeeded in producing a relatively large species of the fluffy creatures with the benign temperaments of many modern pets... Sort of a hybrid between cats and dogs. They can be taught tricks and commands (and, if purchased, will almost certainly come equipped with prior knowledge of the basics, to be dictated in your favorite Russian dialect). They eat anything from grain-free dog food to fruits and vegetables, or the occasional small rodent. The only real remnant of their past life is that they evidently hold-on to a ‘puppy-like’ energy, never outgrowing their energetic whims to play and chew.
On a more scientific note, the study is famed for supporting an “interplay between behavioral genetics and development”, which will assist future scientists in deducing how already domesticated animals (such as pigs and cattle) evolved from their ancestors. The foxes experienced behavioral, morphological, and physiological changes as a result of their breeding and upkeep, resulting in a desire to socialize with humans, offspring increasingly prone to floppy ears, changes to the tail length, and a loss of the distinct “musky” odor that would typically label them as wild.
Anyone interested in purchasing one of these rare Russian foxes can do so for the bargain price of $8900 (shipping and handling included). They will, however, be sterilized before leaving the country to ensure the existence of only one genetically tame line.
Check it out, if you’re interested: