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Unknown

Observed: 21st July 2013 By: JenJen
Hiiumaa
Description:

Saw this at the side of the road while on a hike in Hiiumaa, Estonia but don't know what it is...any idea?

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Racoon dog (Nyctereutes procynoides)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    ID agreements (): 3 People
    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
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    • FerretFerret’s reputation in Mammals
Species interactions

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Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Raccoon dog

The story goes these were introduced to Latvia in 1948 for the fur trade and has expanded throughout eastern Scandinavia.

The only animal a raccoon dog could be mistaken for is a raccoon and they have not spread into Latvia, yet.

Graham Banwell

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Peadar na Breac's picture

Thanks Graham...

Nice to have that confirmed and as always the extra bonus information is much appreciated!
Regards Peadar