Japanese Man Adopts Wild Dog That Looks Like an Adorable Raccoon

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During recent snow storm, Japanese Twitter users discovered the account of one man who has a legitimately legendary animal living in his home.

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It’s called a Tanuki, and while it’s often mistaken as a badger or a raccoon, it’s actually a type of dog.

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Unlike dogs, however, Tanukis don’t bark, but they do growl and have a high pitched whine.

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Twitter user Chibi_Tori found his Tanuki, which he named Tanu, after he was abandoned — he has been raising him in his home since June.

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According to Japanese legend, the tanuki has a reputation for being mischievous, jolly, gullible and absent minded, but they are also known as shapeshifting masters of disguise.

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Chibi_Tori’s tanuki eats pretty much anything and loves to hang out by the heater during the winter.

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Tanukis are actually further away from dogs than wolves are, they are nocturnal, and in the wild, they hibernate during the winter. 

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In captivity, they don’t hibernate, but they do become very lethargic and sleep a lot during the winter.

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While they look cute and cuddly, Tanukis are wild animals — they are not bred domestically and it’s heavily advised that they not be kept as pets.

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They can be unpredictable since they are not known to develop relations with humans and your living room likely doesn’t resemble it’s natural habitat.

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Tanukis are not legal in the United States without an exotic animal permit.

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Is the tanuki too cute not to have? Or would letting this mischievous little animal in your home be a mistake?

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You can check out Chibi_Tori’s Twitter for more adorable pics of Tanu’s adventures! 

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h/t: Buzzfeed

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