Just a Woman And Her Pet Fox Catching The Subway in Moscow

You don’t see that many pets riding the subway, but this still takes the cake by all means: one woman was caught catching a train in Moscow, Russia, with a live fox.
A woman and her pet fox catch the train in Moscow, Russia 6 photos
Photo: Instagram / valerasupertrener
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And it was standing precariously on her shoulder, no less. The video was initially shared on Instagram by fitness trainer @valerasupertrener and it spread like wildfire from there. No one seems to know who the woman is, but as you can imagine, everyone has an opinion about her choice of a companion.

You can also see the now-viral video at the bottom of the page. The fox doesn’t seem too stressed about the commotion around it or about having to keep its balance this way on its human’s shoulder, so it’s safe to assume it’s been round this block before. The woman is just as chill, patiently waiting for the train, ignoring the looks she’s getting, and then getting on the train when it arrives.

Since it was posted and particularly after it went viral, the video has drawn a large variety of comments. You get the typical “only in Russia” one-liners, but also praises along the lines of “Russians are so next level.” You also get criticism for not putting a muzzle on the animal and keeping it just on a leash, thus endangering the other passengers on the train.

However, according to RT, it’s possible that the other commuters had nothing to fear from the fox. Not only was it not carrying rabies, but it was probably a domesticated version of the common red fox.

“Although seeing a fox perched on a commuter’s shoulders is pretty bizarre, it’s not quite as unusual in Russia, which is home to a population of domesticated red foxes,” RT says. “In the 1950s geneticist Dmitry K. Belyaev started a breeding program to domesticate the animals and a population still exists today.”

This specimen could be one of those. Regardless of that, it’s still a cool fox.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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