The Maned Wolf
Mention the word wolf and chances are people immediately picture the common gray wolf. Rarely will you find someone that chimes in with this majestic canid. Despite bearing the name, the maned wolf is not a wolf, and though it looks similar to the red fox, it is also not a fox. The long-legged omnivore, known for being the tallest of the wild canids at an average of 3 feet or about 1 meter, is the only species in the Chrysocyon genus and is indigenous to regions of Brazil. Its sweet face matches its personality, which is typically shyer around humans. For years, the maned wolf was hunted as its eyes were believed to be good luck charms.