The Huffington Post reports:
A routine call to Brecon in mid Wales saw an RSPCA Inspector called to inspect an animal that defied description.
The animal appeared to have the face of a raccoon, with dog-like attributes including long canine teeth and a shortish tail.
However the strange sounding animal was not a bizarre hybrid, but was actually a racoon dog [actually a species], a breed native to East Asia.
[T]he RSPCA believe these two dogs had merely escaped from their owner.
RSPCA Inspector Danielle Baber said:
“An RSPCA officer’s life is never dull, but occasionally we come across highly unusual creatures.”This handsome raccoon dog and his partner must have strayed from their owner in the Boughrood area and we’d like to hear from them immediately.”
Raccoon dogs have, of course, taken over much of Central and Northern Europe. They are a nasty invasive species, killing lots of ground nesting birds and small mammals.
They were introduced into various parts of the Soviet Union from the Russian Far East. They wound up thriving in parts of European Russia, and their range expanded to the West into Eastern Europe, Finland, and even as far west as Germany.
They obviously haven’t colonized the island of Great Britain, and if the behavior of these two raccoon dogs is any key, they are nothing more than escaped– or possibly dumped– pets.