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31 October 2007 @ 12:26 pm
ZOMG!!! Tame Silver Foxes!!!! They're sooooo cute!!!!

I'd want one except that they're probably very expensive, i'm not sure how well they'd get along with cats, and my life isn't really well structured for taking care of a dog =/

It's kind of sad that they're having so much trouble keeping the program going though :(
Current Mood: bouncydies of teh cuteness
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 31st, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Well normally i would agree, but this is a bit of a special case.

From what i can gather the silver foxes are just a pigment mutation of red foxes, kind of like white tigers and such, so it's dealing with a quite common species and not pulling breeding population away from something that's endangered.

And unlike a lot of the weird animal things that people adopt as fads which are rather wild and can put people at risk, the silver foxes have been part of a 50 years intensive breeding program to domesticate them which has resulted in normal domesticated animal behavior and observable changes to their phenotype along the lines of other domesticated animals.

And given that the program in question has a shortage of money and more of the animals than they can really support, so buying them isn't really hurting the program either. It's unfortunate that the entire subspecies may end up going extinct from the population being split up too far to be maintained, but that's not really a result of people buying them, if anything it's a problem with people not buying enough of them.