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There's Something Called A Racoon Dog And A Guy In Japan Has One

Get ready to fall in love with Tanu the raccoon dog.

This is a tanuki or raccoon dog, which is a Japanese animal that a lot of Westerners mistakenly think is a raccoon or a badger, but is actually totally different.

During a recent snow storm, Japanese Twitter users discovered this tanuki had a Twitter account.

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Photos of him warming himself next to a little stove went viral, getting retweeted over 10,000 times.

Twitter user chibi_tori told BuzzFeed News he usually just calls the little furball Tanuki or Tanu for short.

Chibi_tori found Tanu after he was abandoned and has been raising him since last June.

So what's it like living with a tanuki?

Well, because it's wintertime, tanukis spend most of the cold months hibernating...

So, there's a lot of sleeping.

But even though they are known as raccoon dogs, tanukis don't bark.

They make a noise similar to foxes, which is like a long whine and growl. Tanukis make an even higher-pitched cry than cats or dogs.

Chibi_tori shares a lot of photos of Tanu eating.

Like raccoons, tanukis pretty much eat anything.

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But right now, Tanu's biggest obsession is his little stove.

If you want to see more of Tanu definitely check out his Twitter account.

Bye!