Meet Rylai, a tamed red fox with her own Instagram account who is swiftly becoming an internet celebrity. Rylai’s Instagram and Facebook pages let you to keep up with what she eats, her progress in obedience training, and her day-to-day problems. The name “Rylai” is derived from the video game DOTA2.
Rylai reflects a welcome shift in public perception of domesticated foxes, since many others like her have been slain for their fur. Despite her domestication, she is not a Siberian fox, which is raised in Russia to be gentler and more dog-like. Rylai was bred by breeders in the United States who wanted to domesticate foxes, and she is several generations distant from her wild cousins.