This cute animal isn't your average pet, its name is MiRo, a robot designed to be a companion.
Its creator, Consequential Robotics,
thinks the machine could be especially useful for the elderly or people with disabilities.
"As you can see, you can't really tell if it's a dog or sheep or cow, it's a hybrid animal.
It has a companionship effects when it's on and around and really gives you that warm, buzzy feeling.
You have someone that understands you and it kind of really can help your loneliness but also autism, people with learning disability."
MiRo is fitted with sensors that recognize when its head or back is being stroked and with response by wagging its tail.
It has sonar-sensor in its nose that sensors its location
and video cameras built into its eyes that can identify people and follow their movement.
And thanks to artificial intelligence, MiRo is smarter than the average pet.
"With artificial intelligence, it opens doors to a whole range of new things.
If it is just an animal, you'd be pretty much stuck at that animal level and ability to interact in emotion.
But since we have the artificial-level and that high-level thinking brain, we can do things which animals couldn't."
Like making phone calls, recognizing visitors at the door, and reminding people of their plans for the day.
Although robotic pets like MiRo can be helpful, they are not for everybody,
says Mervyn Kohler with Age UK, Britain's largest charity organization for elder people.
来自Age UK的默文·科勒这样说道，Age UK是英国最大的专注于关心帮助老年人的慈善机构。
"The advantage about robots is they don't get tired, they don't get snappy, they don't want time to themselves.
They are prepared to be there for you when you want them, and that seems to me, an interesting approach."
And although MiRo may provide comfort, he doesn't see it as a replacement for tender loving human care.
Deborah Block, VOA News, Washington.