Did you know that foxes could be trained too and even potentially become pets?
Irina Mukhametshina, 22, from Novosibirsk, Russia, is just someone who trains foxes. Her animals belong to the Novosibirsk Institute of Cytology and Genetics which is studying the process of domestication of wild animals and trying to create a special "social" type of foxes, which need to communicate with humans.
Irina tells it's quite curious to work with the foxes: they wag their tails and ask for your attention just like dogs.
Irina has been training dogs since her teen age. It was her own initiative to train the foxes of the Institute. She was permitted to choose two young animals for this. Young ones are more interested in everything, including food which is used to motivate them.
The first step was to draw the animals' attention then to teach them simple orders. They were training daily for fifteen minutes and learnt everything in three weeks.
Foxes can respond to their nicknames as dogs. Irana's foxes are named Anna and Elma. Once they had a Japanese delegation who came to see the process of the foxes education, they were amazed with the results.
Now Irina knows that foxes can really become excellent pets. However their behavior is not the same as dogs' one. Sometimes they also resemble cats. When they are praised they wag their tails but in wild nature they never do this. When they want some attention from a human they lick him/her.