The maned wolf is a very odd creature: It resembles a cross between a wolf and a fox, with the long legs of a deer. However, it is not closely related to other canines, and sits in its own genus called Chrysocyon. They are all members of the canid family of which the maned wolf is the tallest member. Unlike its distant relatives, the maned wolf is not a pack animal and prefers to hunt alone.

Photo via Aleksei Verhovski / Shutterstock
Photo via Aleksei Verhovski / Shutterstock

Another characteristic of these creatures is their odorous urine, which has been likened to the scent of cannabis. Maned wolves use urine as a communication tool, for marking hunting paths and to indicate where they’ve buried hunted prey. The stench of their urine has also earned this animal the nickname “skunk wolf”.

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