For those who are fans of trash pandas but aren’t quite brave enough to befriend a raccoon as your average house pet, we introduce the Raccoon Dog: It’s neither a raccoon or a dog. It’s a wild animal, best known as the mangut or tanuki, which can be found in East Asia. Raccoon Dogs belong to the canid family which does include dogs [and also wolves and foxes].
A Raccoon Dog! And look how cute it is:
We’re not alone in our deep fascination of this creature.
Googled this outta curiousity.
First question “can you have a raccoon dog as a dog”
— Sophie the Scientist #together4yes (@sophswhynot) May 7, 2018
I love this fat beautiful idiot https://t.co/Nahtmrtbmb
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) May 7, 2018
The raccoon dog: cute, wild and a terrible idea for a pet https://t.co/L0HrCkVk5S
— The Guardian (@guardian) August 22, 2017
— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) April 18, 2018