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Mythical & Magical Tanuki Tanuki appear often in Japanese folklore as shape-shifters with supernatural powers and mischievous tendencies. In their earliest malevolent manifestations (transmitted from China to Japan around the 7th century), they assumed human form, haunted and possessed people, and were considered omens of misfortune. Many centuries later in Japan, they evolved into irrepressible tricksters, aiming their illusory magic and mystifying belly-drum music at unwary travelers, hunters, woodsmen, and monks.
Originally posted by davidchin
reply to post by Human0815
A tanuki is more closely related to dogs than racoons. It's just the ringed tail and masked face that makes us think of racoons when we see them.
The Tanuki is also a real animal. It is often confused with the badger (ana-guma) and the racoon (arai-guma). It is neither -- it is an atypical species of dog that can grow up to 60 cm. in length, with distinctive stripes of black fur under its eyes
Originally posted by intrepid
Racoons are bloody annoying. Scavengers and damn smart. If they can't open a receptacle they'll push it down the stairs. Poof open. They also know who's at the top of the food chain though. It's been my experience that a 5 iron is the best way to go. You might think a driver but they are too long and cumbersome. 5 iron hasn't failed me yet. Thwack!
Originally posted by ManBehindTheMask
Umm......whacking animals with golf clubs.........perhaps you should see someone about that.....thats kind of disturbing......