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February 10, 2016 1:17 PM   Subscribe

 
That's cute, but kind of messed up. I'm just picturing the alien version of this with human pets. "This human can't tell the difference between a holographic ground and the real thing, so cute! Look at its fleshy little arms flail as it can't figure out where it is!"
posted by sp160n at 1:20 PM on February 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


The best part is, that headline works equally as well for any given Fox News host.
posted by zombieflanders at 1:21 PM on February 10, 2016 [87 favorites]


The joke's on the owner--now the fox will never catch the rat it hears under the bed.
posted by darksasami at 1:24 PM on February 10, 2016 [13 favorites]


That's cute, but kind of messed up. I'm just picturing the alien version of this with human pets.

I mean, people do this sort of stuff with babies all the time.
posted by dinty_moore at 1:25 PM on February 10, 2016


That's cute, but kind of messed up. I'm just picturing the alien version of this with human pets. "This human can't tell the difference between a holographic ground and the real thing, so cute! Look at its fleshy little arms flail as it can't figure out where it is!"

Alien version? That's like 80% of what I laugh at every day, and I'm definitely a native Earth person.
posted by FatherDagon at 1:26 PM on February 10, 2016


Came here expecting Fox News ...
posted by a complicated history at 1:36 PM on February 10, 2016 [28 favorites]


Dude. You got bugs.
posted by amanda at 1:37 PM on February 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


I haven't caught up on the new X-Files so I figured maybe this was some kind of Mulder meme.
posted by sparklemotion at 1:37 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'd be more inclined to think that it's just playing & practicing its pouncing. Foxes will do exactly the same thing on a trampoline. (Bonus fox-on-trampoline video here.)
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:38 PM on February 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


This is going to be a lot funnier when the fox pees on the bed sheet.
posted by bondcliff at 1:39 PM on February 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


Picturing Megyn Kelly doing the opposite, snuggling into a snowbank then flying out enraged.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:40 PM on February 10, 2016




We give the foxes pure authentic snow and do they even appreciate it? No.
posted by Lou Stuells at 1:49 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also came expecting FOX News, perhaps with a clueless anchor pointing at the sheet and saying, "So much for Global Warming!"
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 1:53 PM on February 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


NB: I updated the tags for those expecting Fox News.
posted by orrnyereg at 1:55 PM on February 10, 2016


You're not fooling anyone with your new tags. You know exactly what you're doing, Obama!

(yes, I expected Fox News as well)
posted by yhbc at 1:57 PM on February 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


This is really fascinating. Because the fox is thinking the white sheets are snow. So the lack of cold and dampness, e.g. the feel and sense of snow, isn't registering with the fox. It just sees an almost pure white and thinks SNOW (as translated into fox). So what's it hearing underneath that's 'causing it jump? Fascinating.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:03 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Came here expecting Fox News ...

It probably says something about my life balance that my first thought was "Shit, now what gaping new vulnerability has been identified in the browser I have the most time and energy invested in??"
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:09 PM on February 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


Maybe it can tell the difference (not cold, not wet) but having no experience or instinct regarding sheets, it tries to deal with this new situation in the way it would deal with the closest thing it knows, snow.

We humans do the same thing when confronted with something unfamiliar.
posted by Sangermaine at 2:11 PM on February 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


That's cute, but kind of messed up. I'm just picturing the alien version of this with human pets. "This human can't tell the difference between a holographic ground and the real thing, so cute! Look at its fleshy little arms flail as it can't figure out where it is!"

That's one way of anthropomorphizing the fox.

Another way might be:

Wow, this is weird! Check it out. From appearances this seems to be Thing I Have Experience With -- but it behaves differently from Thing I Have Experience With in some important ways. Is this a different variety of that Thing, or Another Thing Altogether? Let's interact with it some more and see what we can find out!
posted by wildblueyonder at 2:13 PM on February 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


Why is there a fox in the house? Do people keep foxes as indoor pets now? I mean, as long as the foxes are happy, I'm cool with that.
posted by Frowner at 2:20 PM on February 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


Came here not being able to spell and expecting a gunpowder plot.
posted by maxsparber at 2:22 PM on February 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


Fox->Snow
Fox->Snow
Not Fox->Snow
posted by honestcoyote at 2:26 PM on February 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


I thought this was going to be about Fox News folks defending KKK dudes dressing up a statue or something by saying it just looked like snow (sorry it wasn't a full thought when I clicked). When I tuned in and got actual fox I was strangely delighted and disappointed at the same time. Delighted because who doesn't love jumpy foxes, disappointed because I was looking forward to the verbal gymnastics and thought processes that would be on exhibit while the Fox News person tried to justify the KKK. Once again.
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 2:32 PM on February 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm disappointed that this is the only post with the tag "sorryfortheconfusion"... I think at the very least this one merits it as well.
posted by sunset in snow country at 2:35 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


We give the foxes pure authentic snow and do they even appreciate it? No.

Hey, there's another photo of you.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:40 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Why is there a fox in the house? Do people keep foxes as indoor pets now? I mean, as long as the foxes are happy, I'm cool with that.

Yeah, I thought foxes were unpleasant and smelly.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 2:51 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I thought foxes were unpleasant and smelly.

Chicken propaganda.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:00 PM on February 10, 2016 [31 favorites]


When you don't understand something, does it help to look at it with your head turned sideways? 'Cause I haven't been doing that but I'll try it if it helps.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 3:17 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


bondcliff: "This is going to be a lot funnier when the fox pees on the bed sheet."

Don't eat the yellow linen.
posted by Splunge at 3:29 PM on February 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


Wow, this is weird! Check it out. From appearances this seems to be Thing I Have Experience With -- but it behaves differently from Thing I Have Experience With in some important ways. Is this a different variety of that Thing, or Another Thing Altogether? Let's interact with it some more and see what we can find out!

Science fox
posted by Going To Maine at 3:30 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


I am an expert on 'fox on trampoline' youtube videos, and the pouncing appears to be a general fox thing and not just a white sheet thing.

(There is a 'buffalo on trampoline' video in those search results. It's pretty great. Trampolines are clearly excellent for a good scritchin'.)
posted by Lyn Never at 3:32 PM on February 10, 2016


I don't understand why we think the fox thinks it's snow. From what I can tell the fox thinks it's "a new sort of surface I should investigate."
posted by town of cats at 3:39 PM on February 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


Cats attack moving things under blankets all the time, and I imagine foxes do the same when blankets are available. That fox would probably do the same thing if the blanket was pink or plaid or covered in Minions.

That said, it is super cute.
posted by Metroid Baby at 3:40 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


Why do people thin the fox is expecting snow and is not just using the mattress as a trampoline?
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:47 PM on February 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


Why is there a fox in the house? Do people keep foxes as indoor pets now?

Yep! In fact, a lot of what we know about the science of domestication comes from the domestication of foxes.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:10 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


The held tilting behavior is how foxes locate prey in snow- by adjusting the orientation of their ears, they can create a three-dimensional acoustic picture of whatever is under the surface, much like sonar.


So, clearly the fox has identified a German u-boat under the bed.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:12 PM on February 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


It looks as though this is the original place where it was posted, and the fox (named Juniper) has multiple photos on her Instagram. I can't see a link to her story, but she definitely lives in a house. And wears a sweater sometimes.
posted by ambrosen at 4:22 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


I thought foxes were unpleasant and smelly.

Most wild things are, including domesticated pets that go feral. You'd be too if you lived like that.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:23 PM on February 10, 2016


(I suppose I should mention that domestication -- generation after generation after generation of selective breeding for tameness -- is very, very, very different from just letting a wild animal into your house. Don't do that.)
posted by Sys Rq at 4:27 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have a dog who pounces exactly like that when she's trying to get someone to play with her, and it is the cutest thing in the world.
posted by ernielundquist at 4:36 PM on February 10, 2016




This one wants your golf ball.
posted by Guy Smiley at 5:34 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Omg so cute! But who has a fox as a pet?
posted by ErickClifford at 5:37 PM on February 10, 2016


Omg so cute! But who has a fox as a pet?

Me! In my dreams.
posted by Kitteh at 5:41 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


I want "notfoxnews" to become a meme tag now, everytime news about an actual fox is posted.
posted by mysticreferee at 5:51 PM on February 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


People walking around covered in white snow: sounds like fun, but bundle up

People walking around covered in white sheets: BAD
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 6:34 PM on February 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


I thought foxes were unpleasant and smelly.

Most wild things are, including domesticated pets that go feral. You'd be too if you lived like that.


I'm pretty domesticated, but I forgot to put on deodorant today and I was unpleasant and smelly as well.
posted by teponaztli at 6:53 PM on February 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


And he sounds just like George Clooney.
posted by waving at 7:55 PM on February 10, 2016


Does he burrow into the underside of couches? A lot of tamed but undomesticated critters do that.
posted by sebastienbailard at 9:59 PM on February 10, 2016


Needs more cucumber.
posted by y2karl at 4:32 AM on February 11, 2016


I wonder if it was jumping in a north-easterly direction?
posted by Stark at 4:46 AM on February 11, 2016


Sheets and comforters are actually just really fun to play on. My bunny used to do that when she got on the bed. Kinda like this bunny and this bunny (not my bunnies or my youtube channels).
posted by carrioncomfort at 8:46 AM on February 11, 2016


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