Christian Dorsten says in an (Apr 26) interview in the Guardian that racoon dogs as [intermediate] source of coronavirues have been overlooked (in China):
Q: What do we know about that intermediate host – is it the “poor pangolin”, as it’s come to be known?
A: I don’t see any reason to assume that the virus passed through pangolins on its way to humans. There is an interesting piece of information from the old Sars literature. That virus was found in civet cats, but also in raccoon dogs – something the media overlooked. Raccoon dogs are a massive industry in China, where they are bred on farms and caught in the wild for their fur. If somebody gave me a few hundred thousand bucks and free access to China to find the source of the virus, I would look in places where raccoon dogs are bred.
So what studies are there on coronavirues in racoon dogs up to now? (A quick search found a 1992 US paper that some coronavirus [unsurprisingly] infects racoons too. But I can't find much else. Is there more up-to-date survey? Also, duh, racoon dogs aren't even the same family [Canidae vs Procyonidae].)