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Woman Rescues An Abandoned Dog Only To Discover He’s Not Exactly A Dog

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When Twitter user, @chibi_tori, from Japan, discovered an abandoned dog, she knew she couldn't leave him to fend for himself. So, she decided to adopt the pup and name him Tanu.

She realized that there was something quite different about this little guy, he didn't act like your typical dog and he looked a little bit like something North American homeowners are used to seeing rummaging through their garbage.

Look familiar?


In fact, he wasn't a dog, or a raccoon, but something in between: a Tanuki, also known as a Japanese raccoon dog. It resembles the ancestral form of the dog, but unlike the domesticated dogs of today, it can climb trees.

The Tanuki are quite unique, the only other animal in the canidae family that climbs trees is the Arctic Grey Fox.

Meet Tanu!

He really is adorable!

And he looks so much like a raccoon!

See more photos of Tanu the raccoon dog on the next page!

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