Officers from Shanghai’s Xujing police station responded to a call on Friday from a resident in Qingpu district who said a “bear” was roaming his housing complex and appeared to be lost.
After police apprehended the vagrant animal, one of the officers posted photos of the “bear cub” on Weibo (in an awesome police getup), seeking help identifying what type of bear it was. Netizens soon responded, pointing out that, like, that bear is a raccoon dog.
Raccoon dogs are fairly common in eastern China, in fact, photos of another pup picked up by city authorities were posted soon after the first.
The raccoon dog, a canid indigenous to east Asia, is named for the north American raccoon, to which it resembles but is not closely related.
The raccoon pup is in the care of city wildlife protection officers who plan to release it into a suitable environment on Tuesday.