Well, experts think this may be the first sighting of a raccoon roaming free on Tyneside.
The furry mammal, usually found in North America, was spotted by a surprised jogger in Wallsend on Friday morning.
Wildlife experts believe it is the first recorded sighting of the wild beast in the area.
Tom Hughes, 22, was running through the grounds of Wallsend Hall at around 7am when something caught his eye.
He said: “I was running along and came across this curious creature.
“At first I thought it was a badger but its unusual facial markings made me think it was a raccoon.
“It was big and stocky, but very placid and didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere.”
Tom, who lives in Howdon, near Wallsend, is training to be in the Navy.
He said he hasn’t seen anything like this before but hoped to raise some awareness of the creature being out there.