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Hello /an/. Today, I have something to show you.
I present to you the DOMESTICATED FOX.
First, some history.
> The Experiment began in Russia, 1959, when a genetics scientist by the name of Dmitri Belyaev was curious about the process in which wolves were domesticated into dogs.
> Belyaev decided to test his theories on foxes, due to their close similarities to canines, and their ready availability in Russia. He gathered up Silver Foxes from various fur farms,
> and began selecting only the foxes that were least afraid of humans and most tamable, believing behavior is rooted in biology, and by choosing the calmest foxes to reproduce,
> he was changing their hormonal and neurochemical processes, thus condensing hundreds of years of dog domestication into faster, more controlled terms.
> Shockingly, after only seven generations, the scientists began to see changes. Floppy ears, shorter and curlier tails, higher intelligence, and a desire to seek out human interaction.
> As the generations went on, the traits became more pronounced; even though they where only selecting for tameness, the foxes had more appealing physical features, and personality and
> social changes that were similar to dogs, including: understanding commands and hand cues such as pointing, being able to be walked on a leash, enjoying human interaction like being
> pet and playing fetch, among many others. The results were incredible, and the breeding continued to this day, resulting in more and more domesticated foxes over 52 generations.
tl;dr 50 years and 52 generations of scientific fox breeding has led to a dog-like domesticated Silver Fox.
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Does anybody here have any experience with approaching birds like crows, ravens and magpies? I am extremely fascinated by them because of their high intelligence and I've seen a lot of people on the internet who have been able to befriend them. I don't want to capture one, I just want to be able to walk up to one, ideally also befriend one, although I'm not aiming for that now.
As I said I've seen people on the internet who have been able to befriend these birds, for instance feeding them and having them return for more food at will. Every time I try to approach a crow or a magpie (magpies are plentyful where I live and I usually see at least one crow a day) they immideatly fly away. I can't even get close enough to try to feed it. Does anybody know how I can approach one without scaring it off?
Horse care basics (as a pet)
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hey /an/, im moving to a house in upstate NY with little less then 5 acres. it has a 3 stall barn in the backyard and more then plenty of room fenced in for whatever animal im able to put in the barn. im in love with horses and desperately want one. obviously i need to find out alot more about taking care of horses, but all i want to know is the basics of horse care. what to exactly feed them, how much food, how much exercise, how much sleep, and etc. the more info, the better.