Real ‘Tanuki Neiri

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    Real ‘Tanuki Neiri


    Previously, I introduced you to the term ‘tanuki neiri‘ (狸寝入り – literally “raccoon dog sleep”), which means “to pretend to fall asleep.”

    This word comes from the fact that raccoon dogs faint for a while when they are surprised, then they run away — this behavior looks as if they pretended to fall asleep.

    You might think that raccoon dogs don’t do actual ‘tanuki neiri’ because they really faint.

    However, according to the recent study, it has been revealed that raccoon dogs’ brains are awake while they are fainting.

    That is to say, raccoon dogs do the real ‘tanuki neiri’ instinctively.

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