How many times have you asked that “not an animal person” friend of yours to admit that raccoons are actually adorable?
Most dog/animal lovers alike would agree that despite their “trashy” behavior and general smell that raccoons are underrated as far as cute animals go. But what if you could have a pet as adorable as the lovable rodent, but with all the companionship of the beloved dog? Ladies and gents, we present to you the rare Japanese dog: the Tanuki.
The Tanuki are a sub-species of the Asian raccoon-dog. They’re often associated with raccoons and badgers even though they are not related because of their resemblance to each other. Take a look at some pictures of the adorable little beats below:
— 市川市動植物園（公式） (@ichikawa_zoo) December 26, 2015
This one’s actually named Tanu, and his adventures are documented by his owner on Twitter.
— ことり (@chibi_tori) January 26, 2016
— ことり (@chibi_tori) January 23, 2016
According to Japanese legend, Tanuki has been represented in folklore as jolly and mischievous, and can even shape-shift. We think they’re cute enough as is, so hope they stay as is.
Main image courtesy rumpleteaser via Flickr