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Wales Online reported on a dog that looks like a raccoon that has been caught and “destroyed” after being spotted on the loose in west Wales.
The outlet said tanuki, also known as the raccoon dog, is native to forests in Asia and is a member of the canine family even though it looks very similar to a raccoon. Apparently with this tanuki, someone called the authorities on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, after spotting it roaming around the Pumsaint area of Carmarthenshire, near the border of Ceredigion.
While it was on the loose, The RSPCA, Natural Resources Wales, and Dyfed-Powys Police department gave out public warnings to not approach the animal if they saw it. They said it was “extremely smelly.”
It is currently unclear where it came from or how it ended up in the Carmarthenshire countryside but residents in the area have been known to keep exotic pets. The dog was captured and killed.
According to Wales Online, in a statement, the NRW said, “We have taken swift action to capture a racoon dog in Carmarthenshire, following a recent request from the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. The Raccoon dog is an invasive non-native species (INNS) and can be harmful to our wildlife, competing with native foxes and badgers for food and shelter and predating amphibians and ground nesting birds.”