For those of you who have an interest in exotic pets, you may have heard about the domestication of the Russian red fox. The result of a genetics experiment spearheaded by a scientist in a Siberian skinning factory, some of these domesticated foxes are now been adopted by dozens across the world to bring in funds for the project.
What you may find very interesting is that although these foxes have been bred over several generations to be friendly (and are undoubtedly so), they are nowhere near as affectionate as pups are. You can see that sort of affection in just how much this German Shepherd puppy, Kiva, loves cuddling with her Mom!
Something to bear in mind is that these foxes were originally lab animals. It is theorised that the lack of socialisation that makes them affectionate. This raises an interesting question – if so, do pups experience the same issue?
Feature Image Source: DogLove 24