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This Pet Raccoon's Haircut On His Back Is The Cutest Thing You'll See All Day

Meet Uni, your new favorite raccoon style icon.

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Uni's owner, 33-year-old Joyce Tai, told BuzzFeed News that he gets a shave once a year, when he goes to get vaccinated.

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She said raccoons are usually shaved entirely during the procedure, but she and the pet groomer decided to have some fun by styling Uni's fur, which also helps with the summer heat. Last year it was a heart.

Tai said Uni's curious fur color, which she said was "cinnamon," may be a case of leucism and not albinism.

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Leucism is a condition where an animal experiences a partial loss of pigmentation in its skin and hair, giving it a white or pale appearance.

"He was quite ugly when he was young," Tai said.

She bought Uni in 2014 from a friend of a friend, having chosen him as he was the only male raccoon out of three others. It is legal to own a raccoon as a pet in Taiwan.

Tai runs a Facebook page for Uni where he has over 4,000 fans. People are absolutely loving his latest haircut.

Uni's photos ended up going viral on Chinese social networking site Weibo.

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“Due to the hot temperatures, a pet owner in Taiwan has helped shave her raccoon’s fur and made it into a paw as well… Looks like someone stepped on it!"

Tai said she was not aware that the latest photos of Uni had attracted so much attention online.

Joyce Tai

"I'm just a normal working-class person who wants to share photos of Uni with others to bring them some joy," she said.

Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Kassy Cho at kassy.cho@buzzfeed.com.

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