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Was just in our backyard (lamenting our missing tree) when I see this animal slink out of the bushes and head toward the pool.  I quickly pulled out my phone and got a picture but not before it started to scurry back into the bushes. 

It looked like an otter to me, very flat face and body.  But that doesn't seem right in a suburban city area.  No idea what else it could be.  Is it coming for my trees?

What is this?

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Just now, gianmarco said:

Was just in our backyard (lamenting our missing tree) when I see this animal slink out of the bushes and head toward the pool.  I quickly pulled out my phone and got a picture but not before it started to scurry back into the bushes. 

It looked like an otter to me, very flat face and body.  But that doesn't seem right in a suburban city area.  No idea what else it could be.  Is it coming for my trees?

What is this?

THAT is what cut down your tree my friend. 

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4 minutes ago, That one guy said:

Weasel/mink looking creature

Looking at pictures, that definitely could be it. 

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Looked like a sloth, but it wouldn't have moved so fast.

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58 minutes ago, cheeseypoof said:

Not sure where you’re at but maybe an American Marten or Fisher.

Marten https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_marten

Fisher https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_(animal)

They are both in the same family as otters (Mustelidae).

Yep, that's a Fisher.  

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2 hours ago, General Malaise said:

That's a rhinoceros.  Pretty sure. 

Not the right coloring. 

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Little fella probably scrounging around to find the last remaining acorns to feed his family.

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In New England it's called a Woodchuck. Groundhog in other parts of the U.S.

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3 hours ago, cheeseypoof said:

Not sure where you’re at but maybe an American Marten or Fisher.

Marten https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_marten

Fisher https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_(animal)

They are both in the same family as otters (Mustelidae).

Looked like that, but I'm further south than that area shows (in Missouri).

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That’s the Lorax. He speaks for the trees.

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10 minutes ago, Galileo said:

Seriously...it looks like a cat to me.

100% was not a cat. 

Without knowing much about the possible animals listed here, it looked just like an otter to me. I've seen otters at zoos and aquariums before.  That's the general appearance of it but I'm also pretty sure otters don't just hang around people's backyards.

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6 hours ago, That one guy said:

Weasel/mink looking creature

Need a closeup on its feet. Minks have webbed feet and weasels don’t.  Minks do not live too far away from water.

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Its body shape looks a little too thick and elongate to be a fisher and it's definitely not a marten. Where are you? Anywhere near water? It could be a river otter.

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2 hours ago, bradyfan said:

Are martens and fishers nocturnal?

Mostly.

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Another out-of-left-field possibility: maybe a fossa that escaped from a zoo.

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A few months ago one of these ran across the street in front of me early in the morning as I was heading to work, and I had to ask my friend at Dept. of Fish and Wildlife what it could have been. He said people import them illegally and keep them as pets.

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That, GB, is a rock.

You really shouldn't be day drinking

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