Something about this photo made me snort coffee through my nose, but Raccoon Dog!
The raccoon dog 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. Among the Canidae, the raccoon dog shares the habit of regularly climbing trees only with the North American gray fox, another basal species. The raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon (Procyon lotor), to which it is not closely related.
Native East Asian raccoon dog populations have declined in recent years due to hunting, fur trade and fur trapping, urbanization, an increase of animals associated with human civilization such as pets and abandoned animals, and diseases that may be transmitted between them.
From 1928–1958, 10,000 raccoon dogs were introduced in 76 districts, territories and republics of the Soviet Union in an attempt to improve their fur quality. Following its introduction into central and western Europe, however, it has been treated as a potentially hazardous invasive species. The raccoon dog is now abundant throughout Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and has been reported as far away as Serbia, France, Romania, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_dog
Asian Palm Civet
The Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), found through out East Asia, this fox sized animal is the only canid that can go into torpor during the winter (no other species of canid truly hibernates either).
* aka “Tanuki” in Japan, it is one of my very favorite animals. :3