Meet Tanu, the tanuki, which are also known as raccoon dogs, Buzzfeed reports.
Tanukis are in the same family as the domestic dog and fox. Tanuki pelts are used for fur, and there have been several cases of “faux-fur trim” being mislabeled and having fur from raccoon dogs.
check out the post from Buzzfeed, we had no idea this ‘breed’ existed;
This is a tanuki or raccoon dog, which is a Japanese animal that a lot of Westerners mistakenly think is a raccoon or a badger, but is actually totally different.
During a recent snow storm, Japanese Twitter users discovered this tanuki had a Twitter account.
Photos of him warming himself next to a little stove went viral, getting retweeted over 10,000 times.
Chibi_tori found Tanu after he was abandoned and has been raising him since last June.
So what’s it like living with a tanuki?
Well, because it’s wintertime, tanukis spend most of the cold months hibernating…
So, there’s a lot of sleeping.
But even though they are known as raccoon dogs, tanukis don’t bark.
They make a noise similar to foxes, which is like a long whine and growl. Tanukis make an even higher-pitched cry than cats or dogs.
Chibi_tori shares a lot of photos of Tanu eating.
Like raccoons, tanukis pretty much eat anything.
But right now, Tanu’s biggest obsession is his little stove.