Surprises are something we don’t expect to see⁠—that’s why they’re surprises. Well, this person got a surprise and a half. Twitter user @marcy_com recently stumbled on a rare find he didn’t see coming.

One fateful day, while he was on National Route 275, he found a cute puppy beside the road, all by herself. She appeared too young to take care of herself, so he called her Luna and made a decision to take her under his wing. For a while, at least. He responsibly decided to look for her owners on social media.

That’s where the unexpected half of the surprise really begins. Though no one claimed to be the owner of the puppy, the account buzzed with replies and reactions. Inarguably, Luna looks like a cute cub, so people commented mostly on that.

But among some of the replies, some doubt rose about her real identity. It started after he posted an extremely cute video where she barks very weirdly. “Uh, that’s a cute… puppy?” one person replied.

To another few, her face reminded them of a tanuki, a raccoon dog, in Japanese. Finally, as suspicion mounted, some began suspecting that Luna was in fact a fox cub. That’s when the “duh” moment came and @marcy_com realized why no owner had answered his call: it was a wild fox cub! Fun fact: a fox in Japanese is kitsune.

In Japan, it’s illegal to have foxes as pets, so @marcy_com searched for places that could take Luna in. She didn’t need to have owners, but that didn’t mean she didn’t need to be taken care of. He found a place called North Fox Farm in a Hokkaido town called Kitami. There, the experts have determined that she’s about one to two months old. She’s too young to forage for food or fend for herself, so she’ll spend her time there until she grows stronger.

Foxes are members of the dog family. A female fox is called a “vixen”, a male fox is called a “dog fox” or a “tod” and baby foxes are called “pups”, “kits” or “cubs”. A group of foxes is called a “skulk” or a “leash”. Foxes are the only type of dog capable of retracting their claws.

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