A scientist in Russia is working on…hold on, I can barely type this with a straight face….DOMESTICATING FOXES. Holy crap are these things awesome:
Although domestication of dogs took thousands of years, Russian geneticist Dmitry K. Belyaev tried to reproduce the whole messy process in one human lifetime, eliminating all the dead ends and inefficiencies of chance and human blunder. In 1957, he began a domestication experiment with the farmed fox Vulpes vulpes, a distant cousin of the dog. In March 2011, a National Geographic article described the experiment as if it were finally on the verge of completion. Researchers were scanning the genomes of the “domesticated silver foxes,” it said, in the hopes of finding “key domestication genes.”
The article goes on to say that there could be some problems and the research is still ongoing, and blah-blah-blah, I WANT MY FOX NOW. I will take it on walks, and we will go on adventures together. LOOK AT THIS WHITE ONE! HE HAS A STRIPE ON HIS BACK!
I will call him “Bandit” and he will wear a red bandanna and hang his head out the window when we go for rides.