Tanuki – The Confusing Canine

Sometimes confused with a raccoon or badger, this small mammal is actually related to wolves, foxes and domestic dogs. Seen as a magical trickster in Japanese folklore, the Tanuki is the only member of the canid family that hibernates in winter and is sometimes referred to as Raccoon Dogs for their physical appearance. Adult Tanuki average 25 to 31 inches in length and weigh about 15 pounds. Found throughout eastern Asia, the Tanuki can be seen only in the United States at ZooAtlanta.

Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) Painting

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