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Raccoon Dog

Nyctereutes procyonoides

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KarenL 12 years ago

Fantastic photo!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 12 years ago

Wow; I've never seen or heard of this creature. It really looks raccoon-like, but it really isn't!

Ilya Bezdelev
Ilya Bezdelev 12 years ago

His hair reminds me of Motley Crew glam rock band from the 80s...

Vital 13 years ago

I'm so glad you like them! They shed winter fur atm and forests around really full of it (check out the last photo in series).

briggl18 13 years ago

It looks like a Pomeranian gone mad.

LauraMaria 13 years ago

Amazing, they really do look like a dog version of a raccoon! And a fantastic photo, it looks like he posed for you :)

TammiElisa 13 years ago

One of my favorite animals!!

mylyoung 13 years ago

I've never seen or heard of this critter before. Awesome!

jason.dzurisin 13 years ago

Love these guys. Most of the time I try to avoid politics in this community but these guys are really targets of some of the most horrific animal cruelty imaginable for the fur trade. Hard for me to look into their eyes the same way after some of the videos that I have seen of their suffering.

Excellent shot, and great to see one in the wild!

ceherzog 13 years ago

Thanks Lori, I should have noticed that...fascinating....not really related to raccoons.

lori.tas 13 years ago

ce, if you click on the link Vital has posted on the right-hand side under the word "Reference", you can read about them.

ceherzog 13 years ago

Very interesting!! It truly looks like a cross between a dog & a raccoon. Vidal, is it the same genus as a raccoon?

lori.tas 13 years ago

It would be less confusing if they were called "Masked proto-dog", but alas, they are not.

Great shot.

EppieBillena 13 years ago

Thank you, the first time I saw these animal was in Yosemite and I thought it was a giant rodent bandit and robber who rob me of my macadamia nuts in a can .

Vital 13 years ago

Thank You!

ClementDufour 13 years ago

great shot vital!

ClementDufour 13 years ago

Eppie i think you saw raccoons, in north america, these guys are old world species.

EppieBillena 13 years ago

It is an North American mammals so if it is common in Texas and I saw a family in Yosemite and Florida,New York and Canada except the state of Hawaii. It is very common in the continental North America.

Vital 13 years ago

Pretty common, spotted many times in forest areas near cities.Native East Asian, it's introduced species in Europe, but adapted very well.

David 13 years ago

Great shot - how common are they?

EppieBillena 13 years ago

An over feed raccoon if not a pregnant one cute. One of the most resourceful mammal next to human.

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Vidzeme, Latvia

Spotted on Apr 25, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2011

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