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June 29, 2020 - Inside Science

Urban Foxes Are Starting to Resemble Domesticated Animals

Urban Foxes Are Starting to Resemble Domesticated Animals
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It is almost as if foxes, seeing people walking and feeding presumably happy dogs, decided it was time they changed their lifestyle.

New evidence from a British study suggests that foxes may be domesticating themselves.

Dogs, wolves and foxes are all part of the same family, canids. Foxes are found around the world and the red fox, Vulpes vulpes, is the most widely distributed land carnivore. They typically live in rural areas, but since the 1930s, foxes have increasingly moved into British cities. They are now a common sight in American cities as well.

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