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"Here. In June of twenty, two, thousand, nineteen, a couple in a small village in Nottinghamshire Great. Britain woke at four am to an eerie sound they ventured out and discovered an animal that never seen before his thing and attacking a goat on their farm. After rescuing the goat they took a photo of the beast and promptly posted it online. The animal was four-legged and fluffy. It moved like a dog but had a face and markings like a raccoon. It turns out there unwanted visitor was a canoe Katie sometimes called a raccoon dog. To learn more about these unusual critters we talked by email to Jennifer Andrew, a member of the carnivore team at Zuid Lanta she helps take care of zoo, Atlanta's to to NUKII or and Loki. Zoo, Atlanta is just one of two zoos in the United States that houses to not the other is the Oklahoma City Zoo. Indra explained to new key our dogs genetically and morphological logically speaking they get the nickname raccoon dog primarily because of their similar coloring and coat patterns. The only other true similarity raccoons is that they occupy the same niche as raccoons do in nature even though they live on different partners. To NUKII range in size from about one point, five to two feet long that's about point four, five, two point, nine meters with a tail adding another six inches or one point, five meters they weigh anywhere from eight to twenty, two pounds around three and a half to ten kilos therefore can be golden great or reddish brown but their shoulders, legs, and the tips of their tails are blocked and their facial markings are similar to a raccoons including the black mask around the eyes. They're originally from eastern Asia including Japan, which is where the word to new key comes from, and where the animal is a cultural icon images of have appeared in everything from folklore and literature to anime and advertising the mythological versions sometimes called Buckeye Nukii, our spirit creatures, tricksters, and shape shifter's that love gold and are often depicted with a big belly and a particularly large scrotum. Many modern Japanese businesses, displays statues of to represent prosperity and good luck. To not the animals, not the spirits where brought the northern and Eastern Europe due to fur-farming back in the nineteen twenties it's believed some new key managed to escape and began to live and breathe in that region. The HABITAT, they're most comfortable living in would typically be described as forested everything from deciduous trees to evergreens, but they can live in urban and coastal areas they like living near water. When they're in the wild Turkey to picky about meals as forager's they'll eat anything from frogs, birds, and rats to berries and carrion that is vet animals to not have been known to forage in garbage cans or pick over roadkill areas inhabited by humans. But do life is a little different, not only art Niki given different food to eat including kibble hard boiled eggs, veggies and fish. But because they're naturally forager's and a non foraging, setting their caregivers look for ways to make feeding time a little more challenging. Andrew said, we like to scatter their diet throughout their habitats to encourage natural foraging behaviors. They also enjoy interacting with problem-solving enrichment devices that encourage behaviors such as biting, chewing, ripping shredding, smelling digging, and dragging. Canoe key in the wild especially, those living in climates with harsh winters can enter a state called torpor during torpor. A thanou key conserves energy by reducing their activity and thus conservative survive on little or no food for days or weeks. Andrew said if whether is mild to Nukii, may wake for short periods of time to forage but otherwise, their activity level is significantly less during torpor. Severity. Of Torpor behaviors is also dependent on how well the key fair during the fall when they entered hyper Fengxia hyperplasia is when an animal's appetite increases in response to environmental or biological Q.. In this case to Nikki Enter Hyperplasia in the late summer or early fall, they consume more food gain weight and grow their winter coats in preparation for the winter ahead. Enter says Niki, living in captivity also go through torpor but the activity level and dietary needs vary depending on where they live and how harsh the weather is. She added we even see behavioral differences between individuals. The were always seems to undergo torpor deeply than Loki even winters are milder both Loki and thor will usually get up once a day during torpor to check their territories and have a small bite to eat before returning to their preferred resting location, which can change from day to day. Andrew is quick to point out the Takhi are wild animals and despite appearances they aren't much like dogs. She said Tim Yuki eat a varying diet including raw meat are naturally skittish are very stinky and have other needs that generally can't be met in a human household. There also classified as an invasive species of the United States and throughout the European Union so it would be illegal to keep one as a pet. However, she describes Zuid Lantis Nukii, litter mates, and brothers, or and Loki as fund guys to work with she said their mischievous and are interested in interacting with their environment and enrichment unity's during the majority of the year. They can also be interactive with animal care. Team members however, they mostly like us because we bring them food they do tolerate care team members being in their territory. However, they do not attempt to interact with us in ways that domestic dogs would, and we respect that preference as wild animals they will approach care team members for feedings, training sessions or to inspect their work in their territory, but otherwise, they choose not to interact with us. Loki and thor arrived at sued Lanta together and lived in the same habitat for many years until recently when they began giving behavioral signs that they didn't enjoy each other's presence there now living in separate habitats in the zoo. Enter said, this is normal behavior Takhi as generally only male female pairs stay together long term. To NUKII typically mate for life forming monogamous pairs that share in foraging and in the care and feeding of their offspring called pups together. The mating season occurs in the spring to station lasts about nine weeks the litter averages about six pups. Sadly, their lives in the while don't usually last long just eight to ten years. Today's episode was written by Patty Rasmussen, and produced by Tyler Clang for more on this lots of other curious topics visit how stuff works dot com stuff is production of iheartradio. For more podcasts my heart radio, visit the iheartradio APP apple podcasts, or listen to your favorite shows..