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Verge Science: We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

We met the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in domestication. The fox experiment continues under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics. Her book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)”, co-authored by Lee Alan Dugatkin, details the history and science behind the experiment.

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This one always confused me, why would a mouse bite a fox? Do foxes eat mice? It turns out they do, but they are known for preferring easy pickings – scavenging through rubbish, snatching chickens from farm yards. Mice and rats are not easy to catch, they’d be way down the bottom of the fox menu, surely.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to be a cat?

Yep, turns out 狸 here means cat.

窮鼠嚙狸(穷啮)qióng shǔ niè lí
Lit: A desperate rat will bite the cat
Fig: The downtrodden unexpectedly starts resisting or expressing anger at their situation

The Three Kingdoms encyclopedia Guangya (广雅,’Further Expositions’) defines 狸 as ‘cat’: “狸,猫也。”

The great Taoist sage Zhuangzi is quoted as: “捕鼠不如狸狌”  ‘better to catch a cat or a weasel (狌 shēng, another version of 鼪, weasel or stoat) than a mouse.’

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I just wanted to start rewatching 911 from the beginning today but apparently hulu removed season 2 for some reason??

I can’t just watch season 1 and go straight to season 3 I’m so sad 🥺

why does hulu gotta do me so dirty 😔

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