Man’s Furry Companion: The Extinct Fox

Was an extinct fox once man’s best friend?

Many scientists believe that the extinct Falkland Islands wolf, also known as the warrah, was once domesticated by humans and served as a loyal companion.

The Falkland Islands wolf was a unique species of fox that lived on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. It was the only land mammal native to the islands, and had no natural predators. This lack of predators made the warrah fearless and unafraid of humans, leading some researchers to speculate believe that it may have been domesticated by early settlers on the islands.

There is evidence to suggest that the warrah was friendly towards humans and may have been used for hunting or as a guard animal. Some early accounts describe the warrah as being easily tamed and kept as a pet. However, the species went extinct in the 19th century, likely due to hunting and competition with introduced species like sheep and dogs.

While we may never know for sure if the warrah was truly man’s best friend, its story serves as a reminder of the deep bond between humans and animals throughout history.