Rylai is a white marble red fox who think she’s a dog. Rylai is seeking to represent a change in people’s attitudes towards domesticated foxes, as many are killed for their fur. She is getting internet fame for her beautiful looks and puppy like charm. She is not related to the Siberian fox, which are bred in Russia to mimic dogs. She was born in captivity and is generations removed from her wild relatives. Being over 100 years removed from living in the wild, Rylai wouldn’t be able to survive. It’s not legal everywhere to own a red fox, which is why her family needed a special permit to legally own her. Rylai’s mom has a warning: “It’s really not a pet for everybody,” she said. “You can’t just take it home and expect it to be a puppy or a kitten because it’s not.”
You can follow Rylai on Instagram and track her progress.