March 06, 2005

The fox and the how do I get one?

National Geographic reports that domesticated foxes may be ready for prime time.

Each generation has been selectively bred for tameness—fearlessness and nonaggression toward humans. By now the foxes in the project behave like pet dogs, barking and wagging their tails at humans.

Also like pet dogs, the domesticated foxes can "read" human cues (pointing, for example) much better than their wild cousins or even tame chimpanzees, according to a new study published today in Current Biology.

And they're cuuuuuute! But my question is, why haven't they been doing this with red pandas???

(Via Boing Boing.)

Posted by Francis at 06:51 PM | TrackBack

I wonder if they have perfected it, just like they have with dogs.

Posted by: charles at March 7, 2005 01:16 PM

I hope we get them bred in the USA some day.

Posted by: Danielle at May 14, 2006 11:01 PM

perhaps because red pandas are somewhat rare in Siberia? just a thought...

it's a good idea tho
red pandas=cool

Posted by: bookcat at October 2, 2006 07:35 PM
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