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FEATURED CRITTER: Raccoon Dog   Other Critters

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From: PennyCC

Feb-5

FEATURED CRITTER:  Raccoon Dog

5 Feb 2018

Despite its name, a raccoon dog, a.k.a. Nyctereutes procyonoides, is neither a raccoon nor a dog, but it does belong to the canid family, which is a lineage that includes dogs, wolves, and foxes. Five subspecies of raccoon dogs exist, including a Japanese species called Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus, or tanuki. Here are some fascinating facts about the adorable omnivorous creatures that are found in forests, wetlands, farmlands, and urban areas.

1.  ATLANTA IS HOME TO THE ONLY TANUKIS IN A U.S. ZOO.

Tanukis can be found all over Europe, Russia, China, Estonia, Japan, and Scandinavia, but not in North America. If you want to see one up close, you'll have to travel to Zoo Atlanta, which has been home to brothers Loki and Thor since they arrived from Italy in 2012. This summer, a litter of nine raccoon dogs made their debut at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, making the pups the first of their kind in Latin America.

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Feb-5

RACCOON DOG - Species Spotlight

RACCOON DOG -- Species Spotlight Check out a very interesting canine! The Tanuki or "raccoon dog" is a vey interesting animal, but unfortunately they are exp...

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