Tanuki

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Tanuki | Japanese Raccoon Dogs

Tanuki | Japanese Raccoon Dogs

Tanuki, or Japanese raccoon dogs, look similar to raccoon but are of a different species. Though they look more similar to raccoon, they are actually more closely related to wolves and foxes. Tanuki appear often in Japanese folklore. They are most commonly characterized with their mischievousness. The tanuki often took human form in these stories and tricked the humans into doing things. And with a poof of smoke, the tanuki would return to their normal form.

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