Even die-hard animal lovers would have a hard time distinguishing this cute little critter. His name is Tanu, and he belongs to a species that's native to Japan, where they are known as tanuki.
The translation into English: a raccoon dog. So the answer to the question is both, sort of.
While tanuki aren't supposed to be kept as pets, a Japanese Twitter user found Tanu last summer and took him home. Then Tanu's owner delighted the world by tweeting out a ton of photos of this adorable animal.
Like these shots of the little guy eating:
Tanu the Tanuki enjoys sleeping and eating all kinds of food.Posted by The Epoch Times on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tanu the Tanuki enjoys sleeping and eating all kinds of food.
When he's not playing or eating (anything--tanuki are similar to raccoons, after all), Tanu likes to spend his days snoozing next to the stove.
前回と展開が同じなので写真の説明は省略です。私が寝る時、以前のタヌキは顔側から布団に入って来ても、布団から出たり入ったりしながらお腹のあたりで落ちつく感じでしたが、朝には必ず別の場所へ移動していました。 pic.twitter.com/6wZUQWCsXy— ことり (@chibi_tori) January 27, 2016
Consider this your dose of cuteness for today!
oh my! it's a dog that looks like a raccoon!Posted by Sherry Lawler Sparks on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
oh my! it's a dog that looks like a raccoon!
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