TOKYO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Twitter user in Japan on Tuesday shared photos of their pet raccoon dog, called "Tanuki," that soon went viral.
The Tanuki is a common figure in Japanese folk lore, with shrines featuring statues of the animal found throughout the country.
They are a species of dog, but are often classified incorrectly as badgers in the West due to their strong resemblance to raccoons.
According to Rocket News 24, the Tanuki's owners rescued the strange pet after they found it abandoned as a baby last summer.
もふもふ要請が届きましたが、相変わらず寝るのが仕事のタヌキ。代わり映えしない寝顔を撮っていたら、カメラ嫌いのタヌキが起きてきて、カメラを覗きこんだ後、向こう向いてしまいました。 pic.twitter.com/W5u91Go9xa— ことり (@chibi_tori) January 25, 2016