Rescued fox wags her whole body in delight upon seeing the people who saved her.

Rescued fox wags her whole body in delight upon seeing the people who saved her.
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Hopefully, no one will ever ask what the fox says ever again now.

Meet Dawn, everyone, who is officially in the running for cutest Internet animal of 2014. Dawn lives at the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary (and you should seriously check out their photo gallery) in England. While most of the animals they handle are eventually re-released into the wild, Dawn cannot be because she is too tame (although not all the way tame, don't try to adopt a fox—unless they're one of the ones below). Dawn was brought to a dog rescue shelter when someone found her as a pup and mistook her for a dog. By the time the dog shelter had realized the error and brought her to the Wildlife Sanctuary where she lives now, Dawn had become too used to humans, so now she lives as a tamish friend to her caretakers.

As I alluded to above, however, there are such things as tame foxes, bred from a silver variant of the red fox species, and they are the result of a crazy 50-year breeding program originally begun in Soviet Russia (see below). By only breeding the foxes who showed the least fear of humans, they eventually (30-35 generations) ended up with dog-like foxes. Additionally, their coats changed and their features became more juvenile. Indeed, this is what makes dogs dogs, they're basically wolves in a permanent kid state who look up to us instead of, you know, challenging us for physical supremacy of our apartments.

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And yes, you can buy them.


See what a little determination and absolute government power can create?

h/t Jezebel

(by Johnny McNulty)

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