Photographer Captures Hilarious Close-Up Video Of Raccoon Dog
Last Updated: January 29, 2024, 6:12 PM IST
The video was taken by wildlife photographer Elias Kalliola. (Photo of Representative)
Raccoon dogs are native to East Asia but are also found in parts of Europe.
An interesting video of a raccoon dog against a white snowy backdrop is getting more and more likes. The undated video was taken by wildlife photographer Elias Kalliola. In the short but stunning video, the raccoon dog slowly turns its head and stares directly into the camera. This was recently posted on Instagram with the caption, “A rare Racoon dog has been captured by a photographer in the wild. These creatures are rarely seen because they come out at night and live in remote areas.” So far, the video has garnered over 10,000 likes.
Commenting on this, an Instagram user wrote, “Wow! It’s fun.” Another person wrote, “I’ve never seen anything like that before. Thank you!” However, many people were less than impressed with the clip, as they argued that raccoon dogs have become a common sight. Making this point, one Instagram user wrote, “It’s not so unusual. If you live in the countryside, try to find food from open compost.” Another person wrote, “That’s very common in Finland, which is a bit annoying they are. They used to pay you to kill them in the 90s.”
As their name suggests, raccoon dogs are a wild species of dogs that resemble raccoons. They are part of the canid family and have thick fur markings and head shapes similar to raccoons.
They are native to East Asian countries such as China, Korea, and Japan. However, the fur farming industry in the 1920s introduced them throughout the Soviet Union and now they have spread to northern and western Europe and parts of Central Asia. They are considered an invasive species in many areas outside of East Asia.
What makes raccoon dogs interesting is that they are more closely related to foxes compared to domestic dogs. Despite their cute appearance, they are not suitable for pets. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the UK, raccoon dogs require a large home range and therefore do not do well in small enclosures. Additionally, raccoon dogs emit a strong scent as they use scent to communicate. This smell makes them unsuitable indoors.
Raccoon dogs are omnivorous and nocturnal, meaning they are rarely seen during the day. However, thanks to increasing urbanization they have learned to adapt to the urban landscape and can often be found scavenging for food from garbage cans in cities. Their population is also increasing in countries like China and Japan.