A bloke who spent thousands transforming himself into a 'dog' says he keeps getting cruelly shunned by real-life canines. Toco, a wannabe border collie, rose to fame after a clip of him in a dog costume went viral.
The Japanese man, who has never revealed his real name, shared the clip of himself donning the ultra-realistic costume as he walked the streets of Tokyo on all fours. But he's now shared that he's struggling to make friends with other pooches that won't treat him "as an equal".
Having spent the equivalent of about £12,500 on his border-collie costume as he attempted to realise his childhood dream of becoming an animal, he soon amassed nearly 60,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. But while his efforts have interested people, they have so far not landed him any canine friends.
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He told The Sun newspaper that he'd been facing difficulties mingling with other dogs in the park. "They seemed a little surprised and unfortunately, they did not treat me as an equal," he said.
Despite the setback however, and having "made no progress so far," he seems optimistic about another approach for friendship. He said instead he'd look for other therians – people that identify as a non-human species.
On his YouTube channel, titled 'I want to be an animal' Toco has shared various clips of his unusual day-to-day life. They include videos of him playing fetch and even getting locked in a cage.
In the video that catapulted him into the limelight, with nearly 3,000,000 views, Toco takes a walk outside in the world. "My name is Toco, I wanted to be an animal and I became a collie," the description reads.
"This channel brings you videos of the most unusual collie of them all! This time, I finally get to fulfill a dream I've had since I was a little child: turning into a dog and going for a walk outside!"
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