Rylai The Domesticated Fox

Rylai The Domesticated Fox

Jul 25, 2020Roshanak

Having a wild animal as a pet is not the best idea, but according to scientists, foxes can be domestic. Through years of breeding in Russia, they have become more similar to dogs than most people imagine. One great example is Rylai! She was born in 2015, and her story went viral on social media. However, there are many things to know before trying to adopt one, and her owner did a Reddit AMA to answer questions. Let’s find out more about this fox’s cute story!

MEETING RYLAI

This is Rylai! She is a domesticated fox born in April 2015, and his story soon went viral online. People couldn’t believe that someone could actually have a pet fox. During a Reddit AMA, her owner was asked whether he had been rescued. They answered, “Rylai was not a wild, abandoned orphan. Her color (white marble) does not exist in any wild populations and is a captive-bred color that first occurred in fur farms. She is from many generations of US-bred pet fox lines which originated (years ago) from fur farm animals.” That’s amazing, but what about her peculiar name?

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HER NAME

Her owner decided to name Rylai after one of the characters in DoTA2, an online video game. However, with her popularity online, she soon owned her name completely. When asked if it was harder to take care of a fox than a dog or cat, the owner responded, “Much, much, much more difficult! If she is out, the room has to be completely fox proofed. The bedroom is easy, but the living/kitchen area must be cleared of any glassware, food, small items, etc.” It sounds like she is super playful, but that’s not all…

SHE’S A RED FOX!

Rylai is actually a red fox, but her fur never turned colors. That’s why she is known as a “white marble”. This doesn’t happen in nature, and that’s only one of the differences between Rylai and wild foxes. When asked where the owner got her, they answered, “Rylai came from a USDA licensed pet fox breeder. My state requires a permit for anyone who wants to have a pet fox.” She is definitely not a typical pet…

BECOMING PART OF THE FAMILY

She might be domesticated, but it takes a lot to get used to a fox at home. However, her owners made her part of the family, but her behavior differs from a dog. In fact, she has several dog siblings, and the owners commented, “My dogs are fairly tolerant, but I must always supervise playtime. Rylai is not a dog and does not act like one and is sometimes inadvertently rude to them during playtime.” Meanwhile, there's a very good reason why foxes in captivity might be happier...

A TINY LITTLE COTTON BALL

Her owners got the pet when she was just a tiny baby, and they were told she would weigh 15 pounds at most for the rest of her life. That means that she will always be a cute cotton ball. Meanwhile, when asked if they thought Rylai would do better in the wild, the owners responded, “In the wild, red foxes typically only live 2-4 years. In captivity, their life span can be 12+.” They also said that animals don’t have the same concept of freedom as humans do. What else can we learn about Rylai?

HER DIET

One of the most important aspects of having any pet is feeding and maintaining its health. Their owners revealed that she loves to eat smashed chicken and turkey, but also fruits and veggies. Additionally, one Reddit user asked if they fed her Kibble (a brand of dog food), and her owners said yes. They also said it’s the kind that contains taurine as an ingredient. But there’s a lot more about Rylai no one knows…

YOUNG AND WILD

Rylai might be domesticated but she was still considered unpredictable like many young pets. Additionally, she descends from wild animals. Fittingly, someone asked their owners if she behaved outside and how well she was with other animals. The answer is that they don’t take her outside often, as she is shy but also because they live in a hot weather area. Additionally, she loves the other pets that live with them. Interestingly, they had to do something that most people do with dogs…

HER LIFE

As mentioned earlier, Rylai is expected to live up to 15 years, which is similar to dogs. Furthermore, she needed to have a rabies vaccine. However, she needed to see a specialized vet. She also takes heart-worm medication. The owner also commented, “I don't walk Rylai on a leash very often because she prefers being held if we go outside.” Also, unlike canines, she is not cuddly at all. But she loves something all dogs love too…

HER FAVORITE HOBBY

The owner revealed that Rylai doesn’t go outside often and dislike using a leash. However, one of her favorite things to do is take naps. She is adorable like that, and of course, the young creature needed a lot of rest while growing up. It was probably hard to stop taking pictures while she was so adorable. However, there’s something her owners had to be careful about…

OTHER PEOPLE

Because there is no real vaccine for foxes, meeting new people and other animals is not that easy for Rylai. Foxes are also unpredictable, and there’s always the chance that she could bite others. It might lead to the disease. The person bitten could file a report, and there would be serious consequences for Rylai and her owners. That’s why it’s better to be safe than sorry. Time to meet Rylai’s best friends…

THE OTHER PETS IN THE HOUSE

Rylai’s owners have other pets at home, and Rylai has been able to get along with them perfectly. They are Kratos (a dog) and Jar Jar (a cat). They get into trouble together but provide lots of fun for the rest of the family. Despite this, their owners caution that getting a fox is not for everyone. “Many people will buy a fox and then dump it because it didn’t turn out to be like a cat [or] dog.” But there’s more to see of Rylai…

HER YOUTUBE CHANNEL

While Rylai has grown a lot already, you can still check out her Instagram and Youtube Channel to see new stuff. The videos are still just as adorable as ever. But like anything online, her owners had to deal with a lot of criticism regarding their pet. When asked about it, they wrote, “I try to explain that a loving and responsible home in captivity is the best life that these foxes.” Keep going for more information from the Reddit AMA.

MORE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

One user commented that he already owned several exotic pets and asked what people should really know before adopting a fox. Rylaifox answered, “They instinctually guard food very strongly.” It’s one of their instincts to be a bit territorial about resources. Another detail is that they might not be fully potty trained ever. “Many will continue to ‘happy pee’ and mark things in the house.” Has Rylai been around other foxes? Let’s find out…

MEETING ANOTHER FOX?

When asked if Rylai had interacted with other foxes, her owners wrote, “Rylai has never met another fox but I imagine she would love to play with one. I know many people end up getting two or more because they do usually get along or form a pair bond. If our situation changes and we can afford to build a nice outdoor enclosure, I would love to get Rylai a friend someday!” Finally, let’s find out “what the fox says”…

ANSWERING THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?

If you’re family with pop music, then you probably remember that viral song ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ by Ylvis. Naturally, someone on Reddit asked what kind of noise Rylai makes, which is something most people don’t know. Rylaifox answered, “She has whining/chirping type noises. She can yell like a parrot if she wants to. She can also make a sad monkey/hyena chuckling type noise. That is really the best way I can explain it lol!"

Rylai is such a cutie, and he is exactly like a dog. Let us know if you would ever dare to get a fox instead of a conventional pet. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love animals. See you next time!