Raccoon dogs: Neither raccoon nor dog but plentiful in Shanghai
Currently, raccoon dogs are probably the most frequently seen wild mammals in Shanghai.
A recent investigation found that there are an estimated 3,000-5,000 raccoon dogs in Shanghai. They have become common inhabitants around residential complexes in some suburban areas of the city.
The animals, named for their mask-like face markings, are neither related to raccoons nor dogs. They are most closely related to foxes.