...you can be hard to love. And maybe a bit scary. And certainly rare.
Nicknames for this strange-looking guy are Horsehair Wolf, Skunk Wolf, Matted Wolf, Great Fox, and my personal favorite, Red-Fox-on-Stilts!
Funny thing is, he's not a wolf OR a fox. So what IS he?
He's called a Maned wolf ~ a type of wild dog ~ but there's nothing else like him! He's the tallest of all wild dogs, reaching 42 inches high.
And he has the longest legs...take a look, below:
Because Maned wolves live in South America, they eat some pretty strange stuff...even sugar cane! In fact, half their diet is fruit and vegetables.
And you have to see the Maned wolf pup. He's born completely black, with big floppy ears!
Here's a cool BBC video of Maned wolves at night:
And you can hear one roar-barking here:
Maned wolves are one of my favorite animals...what about you?