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The Raccoon Dog, aka mangut or tanuki, is native to Asia. Sadly, it's farmed for its fur in China and Finland. The fur has been widely misrepresented as fake fur or as that of a different species. (Click for more about the raccoon dog.) / The Humane Society

The Raccoon Dog, aka mangut or tanuki, is native to Asia. Sadly, it's farmed for its fur in China and Finland. The fur has been widely misrepresented as fake fur or as that of a different species. (Click for more about the raccoon dog.) / The Humane Society

The raccoon dog, also known as the mangut or tanuki, is a canid indigenous to East Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. It is considered a basal canid species, resembling ancestral forms of the family.

The raccoon dog, also known as the mangut or tanuki, is a canid indigenous to East Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. It is considered a basal canid species, resembling ancestral forms of the family.

Despite their masked appearance, raccoon dogs are not closely related to raccoons. Rather, they belong to the Canidae family, alongside wolves and foxes.

Despite their masked appearance, raccoon dogs are not closely related to raccoons. Rather, they belong to the Canidae family, alongside wolves and foxes.

Amaranthine ~ looks like a starling to me; just thought I would throw this beautiful bird in with these gorgeous colors.  with <3 from JDzigner. www.jdzigner.com

Amaranthine ~ looks like a starling to me; just thought I would throw this beautiful bird in with these gorgeous colors. with <3 from JDzigner. www.jdzigner.com

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