The Pesky Raccoon Dog.

“Raccoon Dog.”
A raccoon dog who was hiding among nettles and dead branches was watching me as I approached and so I took a photo.
Raccoon dogs are wild animals, one of the earliest forms of dog, and related to foxes and wolves (although no relation to actual raccoons, despite visual similarities) – they often go into a sort of torpor in winter, are mainly nocturnal and are certainly not happy in market cages or houses.
So people who keep them as pets tend to get sick of them.
This can lead to raccoon dogs being released into the countryside, where they multiply rapidly, with disastrous consequences for local wildlife.
Image Credit: Photograph by © Lukas Adamec / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
via 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

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