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Internet falls for this Tanuki, a raccoon dog

via Inform

People can't get enough of Tanu the tanuki, a species that's also called a raccoon dog. This member of the canid family, which includes dogs and wolves, found Internet fame when he was rescued by a Japanese man.

Tanuki have spiritual and artistic significance in Japan and are reputed to have have magical shape-shifting powers - in the spiritual tradition, not at zoos. Although they aren't raccoons, they have similar markings and curved claws that allow them to climb, according to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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