Have You Ever Seen A Raccoon Dog?
I can honestly say that I've never even HEARD of a raccoon dog (or Tanuki) until two days ago when I believe one passed very casually in front of my living room window. It was a nice casual weekend morning as hubby and I were sitting by the main window sipping our coffee when this huge thing walked by.
At first I thought it was a Raccoon, but it was much fatter and had a pointier nose. It's tail was also ringless...but then again, it could have been cut off. So I searched online and typed in "raccoon like animal" and sure enough, there is actually such an animal called a "raccoon dog". Who new?
Sadly, if this is one, according to Wikipedia, they are highly hunted and prized for their fur and often skinned alive for their fur that's passed off and other types of fur. Now that is sick!
Now, I will apologize for the pictures having glare, but it was a sunny morning and I didn't want to open my doors so it would run off without be catching a pic or two. I only wish I was fast enough with my camera to get the face as it walked in front of us. I just would love to know how a raccoon dog from eastern asia ended up in Milwaukie Oregon.
Here is an interesting video I found on Raccoon Dogs