The conclusion reached by Russian scientists after decades
spent domesticating foxes was profound but hardly unexpected:
If you’re going to be tame, be cute. Less chance you’ll be flushed
down the toilet. I think about that on brutal, baby-filled
commutes and whether any of the team, Goran, say, or Vlad
ever mistook on a certain cub, its white markings for a bib and
placed it in a bassinet – fell to coddling it with sugar-cubes, toy
ducks and songs about the wide, embracing arms of Mother
Russia. Gave it ear muffs. Made it a scarf.
Claudine Toutoungi’s debut collection Smoothie was published in 2017; her next collection Two Tongues will be published by Carcanet in October.
This article appears in the 18 Mar 2020 issue of the New Statesman, The final reckoning