The word "pet" evokes images of cats curled up on laps, loyal dogs fetching sticks and furry rodents running on wheels. Even with the occasional bird, reptile or arachnid mixed in, pets are pretty predictable for the most part. But as the popularity of exotic pets grows, more animal lovers are legally welcoming formerly wild creatures into their homes. Read on to see what surprising animals from the wild outdoor world are becoming domesticated and adored by pet owners.
Foxes are starting to slink their way into homes. In 1959, a Soviet geneticist started researching domestication by breeding foxes. A half century later, the work continues in Siberia at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics. Several generations into the project, the foxes currently at the institute act similarly to dogs. They require a significant amount of extra work, but are available to bring home. Still, getting a pet fox isn't as easy as dropping by an animal shelter. These pets cost $8,000, and to obtain one you must be approved by the institute's importer. (Pop Sci)