Meet The Animal Who Dies For Your Dumb Hat
One photo of Tun curling up to a space heater, for instance, racked up over 10,000 retweets by Tuesday afternoon.
As the name suggests, raccoon dogs like Tun certainly resemble America's native trash bandits. However, the species is much more closely related to domestic dogs, a fact that pictures of the playful canine seem to bear out.
While clothing companies can claim that they're raccoons and not dogs, it's hard to argue that the millions of animals like Tun killed for their fur each year are "fake."
In the United States and many other Western countries, such deceptions are a violation of the law, but in Canada no such labeling requirements exist. Vancouver politician Don Davies hopes to change that, sponsoring a petition this month to regulate fur sales in Canada.
If they knew about anything other than napping and getting fed, the Tuns of the world would surely appreciate it.