A Japanese man has spent around £12,480 (two million yen) to fulfil his dream of becoming a dog.
Known only as Toco, he shared on the YouTube channel titled “I want to be an animal” his first walk outside in a hyper-realistic border collie costume.
Onlookers who only took a glance at Toco would be excused if they thought he was a real animal, given how detailed his costume is.
In the latest video on his channel, which included clips from his interview with German broadcaster RTL, Toco could be seen interacting while on all fours with humans and dogs alike.
Toco would not speak in the video, but performed tricks in exchange for pets and treats and tried to befriend dogs.
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In one surreal shot, the man in the costume could be seen rolling around the floor on command, which earned him high praise from the camera crew and his interviewer.
In another shot, Toco, who appeared to be moving around on a trolley, could be seen interacting with two dog owners.
But the smaller animals, possibly confused by the costume and its size, were initially scared of Toco.
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Later in the clip, however, some of the pets could be seen getting closer to Toco while being held by their owners to pose for a picture and giving him a sniff.
In the description of the video, which was posted on YouTube last week, Toco said the camera crew had been “very kind to me”.
He also acknowledged his channel “will bring you such an unusual video”.
While Toco has become an internet sensation, gathering since he started posting a year ago more than 31,000 followers on YouTube, 145,600 on TikTok and almost 3,000 on Instagram, he has not yet grown confident enough to reveal to the public his human identity, as he fears people will judge him.
He told the Mirror in December: “I rarely tell my friends because I am afraid they will think I am weird. My friends and family seemed very surprised to learn I became an animal.”
Toco explained he has been harbouring this “fantasy of becoming an animal” since childhood, and in recent years he has learnt how to eat fake dog food, move in the costume and even jump on a hammock – although he acknowledges certain activities remain difficult to perform.
The costume was made by Zeppet, a Japanese agency known for creating sculptures and models for films.
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