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I might sound fe_ _ _ _
Yet I'm in the opposite.

Do not count my _ _ _ _s
It was one originally.

But you can spell out
A bright star in me!

And please be sure that you're
Going to the right direction!

What animal am I?

(Each underscore indicates a redacted letter.)

Subtle Hint:

If you were indeed going to the right direction, I'm just an animal. Otherwise, I might turn mythical!

Moderate Hint:

The second 4 underscores conceal a body part.

Decisive Hint:

Cardinal directions

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  • $\begingroup$ @Mazura 4 underscores for each. $\endgroup$ May 8, 2022 at 22:21
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    $\begingroup$ A space between each consecutive _'s might help. :) $\endgroup$
    – CiaPan
    May 9, 2022 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ @CiaPan Inserted hair spaces (U+200A). $\endgroup$ May 9, 2022 at 11:57
  • $\begingroup$ Some ideas: maybe rot13(znyr) for the four letters? Does not lead to anything conclusive really, but a valid word with and without the prefix fe-. About the bright star, (besides the obvious Sun) the brightest in the night sky is Sirius, some short-named ones are Vega, Rigel, maybe Altair. $\endgroup$
    – joH1
    May 9, 2022 at 14:06

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The animal is:

A fox!

Yet this riddle actually conceals the word

"Kitsune", which is the Japanese word for a fox.

I might sound fe_ _ _ _ Yet I'm in the opposite.

feLINE (confirmed by poster) → KITsune

Do not count my _ _ _ _s It was one originally.

TAILs — Though "kitsune" means just a fox in Japanese, in English, it means a mythical fox, especially those with nine tails.

But you can spell out A bright star in me!

kitSUNe

And please be sure that you're Going to the right direction!

Because Japan is an eastern country.

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  • $\begingroup$ The word is correct. Now please work on clue #4! $\endgroup$ May 11, 2022 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ No! I figured this out and posted the answer, only to now see this answer, and that it was posted 22 hours ago! ugh. For clue four, maybe northeast is the right direction to face a Kitsune statue because... More from wikipedia: According to beliefs derived from fusui (feng shui), the fox's power over evil is such that a mere statue of a fox can dispel the evil kimon, or energy, that flows from the northeast. Many Inari shrines, such as the famous Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, feature such statues, sometimes large numbers of them. $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    May 12, 2022 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ Also because kitsune ends in NE $\endgroup$
    – Ed Murphy
    May 13, 2022 at 5:20
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, I think "right" is simply a clue for E, thus the clues correspond to KIT + SUN + E $\endgroup$
    – Ed Murphy
    May 13, 2022 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ @DannyuNDos can you please add the check-mark flag to this answer, and also confirm whether this is the intended interpretation of clue #4? $\endgroup$
    – Ed Murphy
    Jun 6, 2022 at 15:12
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New guess: Are you a

DHOLE?

I might sound fe____

Insert 'line': I might sound feline - A dhole might sound feline because according to Wikipedia, a dhole is often described "as being "cat-like" on account of its long backbone and slender limbs". They also do not howl or bark, unlike some other canines.

Yet I'm in the opposite.

The opposite of Feline is Canine. A Dhole is a Canine (member of the dog family).

Do not count my ____s
It was one originally.

Again insert 'line': Do not count my lines. There are many subspecies of Dhole, but according to Wikipedia, they all evolved from a single line of Caninae.

But you can spell out A bright star in me!

The scientific name for Dhole is 'Cuon alpinus'; the last three letters spell out SUN backwards. The Sun is a bright star.

And please be sure that you're Going to the right direction!

This explains that the bright star is spelled backwards, not forwards.

So, you could be a

DHOLE!

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    $\begingroup$ Not quite backwards :) Just an anagram... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 8, 2022 at 22:04
  • $\begingroup$ potato potahto... +1 $\endgroup$
    – Mazura
    May 8, 2022 at 22:24
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    $\begingroup$ @stiv Yikes, I can't spell. This must be wrong then... $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    May 8, 2022 at 22:29
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Lbh tbg gung gur svefg 4 haqrefpberf ner "yvar".) $\endgroup$ May 8, 2022 at 23:09
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Gur frpbaq 4 haqrefpberf ner abg "yvar".) $\endgroup$ May 9, 2022 at 5:03
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You are an

Australian Kelpie

I might sound fe_ _ _ _ Yet I'm in the opposite.

"Feline " - The Australian Kelpie is a CATtle dog (lol)

Do not count my _ _ _ _s - It was one originally.

I can't seem to solve this one!

But you can spell out A bright star in me!

Sun inside Australian

And please be sure that you're Going to the right direction!

The Kelpie is a mythical creature from Scottish folklore, so please be sure to go to the south direction (Australia) NOT north direction (Scotland).

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Are you a

Raccoon?

Because:

Procyon is the Little Dog Star “Procyon” is the genus designation of raccoons (before the dog)

opposite of feLINE is canine - raccoons have lines/stripes

do not count my MASKs (can't figure out "it was one" but raccoons wear masks

Correct direction - the dogs' constellation is in the southern hemisphere, the northern hemisphere would lead me to polaris

The name Procyon is from Greek and means “before the dog,” a reference to the rising of this star shortly before Sirius, the larger Dog Star in the constellation Canis Major.

The order that these two stars rise in has changed and the lesser (Procyon) used to go first (hence before the dog) leading to it being in the naming of raccoons which used to be thought to be ancestors of dogs

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You are the magical, shapeshifting

Kitsune

I might sound fe____
Yet I'm in the opposite.

Kitsune does sound feline because its last syllable, "ne" is related to neko, the word for 'cat' in Japanese. However, it is fox-like, which is more like a dog, which can be considered the opposite of a cat.

Do not count my ____s
It was one originally.

All kitsunes start off with just one tail; however,
From wikipedia:
Kitsune have as many as nine tails. Generally, a greater number of tails indicates an older and more powerful Kitsune; in fact, some folktales say that a fox will only grow additional tails after it has lived 100 years. (In the wild, the typical lifespan of a real fox is one to three years, although individuals may live up to ten years in captivity.) One, five, seven, and nine tails are the most common numbers in folktales. These kyūbi no kitsune (九尾の狐, 'nine-tailed foxes') gain the abilities to see and hear anything happening anywhere in the world. Other tales credit them with infinite wisdom (omniscience). After reaching 1,000 years of age and gaining its ninth tail, a kitsune turns a white or golden color,[10] becoming a tenko (天狐, 'heavenly/celestial fox'), the most powerful form of the kitsune, and then ascends to the heavens.

But you can spell out
A bright star in me!

The sun is a bright star.

And please be sure that you're
Going to the right direction!

Maybe northeast is the right direction to face a Kitsune statue because...
More from wikipedia:
According to beliefs derived from fusui (feng shui), the fox's power over evil is such that a mere statue of a fox can dispel the evil kimon, or energy, that flows from the northeast. Many Inari shrines, such as the famous Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, feature such statues, sometimes large numbers of them.

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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Lbh tbg gung lbh pna fcryy "fha".) $\endgroup$ May 8, 2022 at 23:10
  • $\begingroup$ So close! Please consider the new tag. $\endgroup$ May 9, 2022 at 1:58
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, I thought your first answer was going to be on the right lines, but I see your newer one is the one the OP says is 'so close'... After all, your first answer is often confused with or misnamed a rot13(CBYRPNG, n pnavsbez zhfgryvq zber eryngrq gb qbtf guna pngf qrfcvgr gur anzr, naq gur CBYR fgne vf oevtug naq urycf rafher lbh tb va gur evtug qverpgvba.) But now I don't know where to go from here! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 9, 2022 at 11:13

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