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A rare all-white “tanuki” raccoon dog, viewed as a lucky omen, has been captured alive on a farm in Nanbu, Tottori Prefecture, near the Sea of Japan coast.

Farmer Shunji Okuyama, 62, said he found the 40-cm-long animal Tuesday night in a trap he had set up in a cowshed. It is thought to be a female less than a year old. Okuyama said raccoon dogs are common to the area but that this is the first white one he’d seen.

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