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Monday, August 13, 2012

Japanese raccoon dogs are idiotic and confused and adorable and I love them

Is it a dog? Is it a raccoon? NO IT'S A TANUKI. That's a Japanese raccoon dog, a ridiculous Southeast-Asian canine creature that forgot what dogs look like and got all dressed up like a raccoon instead. Zoo Atlanta has two new ones — Loki and Thor — in the "Trader’s Alley: Wildlife’s Fading Footprints" exhibit. Here's one of them. Look at the confusion and desperation in those eyes ...

I wish I looked like dogs look.
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • I wish I looked like dogs look.

According to the zoo people, tanuki aren't endangered, but "populations have declined in recent years" because rude people hunt them for their puffy, ridiculous fur. Probably to make their very own one of these, which I have also wanted since I was six ...

Tanooki-Mario.jpeg

Fun fact: they're the only canines that hibernate during the winter. Get a job, tanuki.

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