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Shaki is a squirrel who exists in the data of Animal Crossing but does not appear in-game. Her intended role is not known other than that she would have served as a special character. No squirrel special characters have been officially introduced in any games in the series, making her a unique character among the species.
Shaki's visual appearance resembles Bliss (later renamed Caroline) with elements of Hazel (later renamed Sally), earning the character the community nickname of "Blazel" until her true name was discovered. She has red colored fur and large blue eyes just like Bliss, and has a creamy white pinstripe on her tail just like Hazel. In addition, she has another creamy white swirl on her head that resembles a question mark, unlike Bliss' flowery swirl. She wears a green apron over a white shirt.
The character's actual name went undiscovered until 2017, when it was discovered in the files for the Japanese version of Animal Crossing as シャキッ (Shaki?). Immediately after her name in the data the nondescript exclamation とりゃ〜 (Torya?) is found, which may have been an expression or greeting. These strings are not present in the localized versions of the game. Shaki's name was originally mistranslated as "Chestnut" by the community , however the Japanese word for chestnut is completely unrelated. The hiragana equivalent of Shaki's name (しゃきっ) means "crisp", as in a crunchy texture, or refreshing, as in a cool breeze. The word is also used as onomatopoeia for the swift movement of blades.
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Shaki exists as two different characters under character indexes
0xD06C she is a special character who speaks a line of Kapp'n's dialogue, as her own dialogue has been overwritten. She lacks a name in languages other than Japanese, so it will be displayed as a mojibake form of ジョニー・B (Johnny B?) rendering as
ù«–•B¡¡. This string is used as a fallback for characters with an invalid name. 
0xE15A, her name will erroneously be displayed as Jambette (the lower byte is used to determine the character's name, and Jambette's index is
0xE05A) but will be identified as and act like male villager. This reason for the existence of this version of Shaki is unknown, though it may be a remnant of a changed data structure from earlier in the game's development.
Action Replay codes
Shaki can be spawned into a player's town using the below Action Replay code, using "xxxx" as a regular villager and "yyyy" being set to either of the two indexes she is located at.
Names in other languages
- With Kunrei-shiki romanization つ can be romanized as "tu"