Nature & Environment
This viral video of a strange red animal has left social media users baffled
By T.K. Randall
December 7, 2022 · 17 comments
No, this isn't El Chupacabra... Image Credit: Twitter
The creature in this footage looks like a strange cross between a wolf and a fox - but as it turns out, it is neither.
At a glance, you might be forgiven for thinking that this peculiar four-legged creature is some sort of digital manipulation or CGI creation, yet it is actually a very real animal.
Furthermore, it is neither a fox nor a wolf, despite exhibiting the characteristics of both.
The animal is, in fact, a maned wolf - a rather unique species of canine found in parts of South America, in particular in Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.
With the color and markings of a fox, a distinctive mane and abnormally long legs, these animals have often been mistaken for cryptozoological creatures and have appeared in several viral videos.
One video in particular, which can be viewed below, has been doing the rounds for at least a year, with many believing it to be 'fake' or some sort of digital manipulation.
The maned wolf joins the ranks of other animals such as the Brahma chicken and the giant isopod - creatures that undoubtedly exist but that are unusual or surprising to see because most people don't seem to know about them.
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