At first glance, it is easy to mistake the Ezo momonga (Pteromys volans) as a real-life Pokémon.
A smaller type of the Siberian flying squirrel, the adorable mammal belongs to a species of squirrels that are native to Japan.
What gives the Ezo momonga its anime-level cuteness is its relatively diminutive size and its large, expressive eyes.
These flying squirrels can only be found on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, according to Yabai.
They are practically identical to the Japanese dwarf flying squirrels which are found in the forests on Honshu and Kyushu islands.
The Ezo momonga can definitely fit inside one’s pockets as its total length on average is only around 13 inches (330 mm).
Their body length makes up about five to eight inches (127 to 203 mm) of their total length, while their tail length makes up about 3.5 to 5.5 inches (90 mm-140 mm).
As the Japanese are lovers of all things kawaii, the Ezo momonga has found some popularity among locals.
It even appears on the regional railway’s refillable ticket cards as a sort of mascot, according to Soranews24.
Can’t get enough of the Ezo momonga? Check out more delightful images captured by Twitter user @PopShiretoko360, a wildlife photographer in Japan.
持っていた葉を食べ終え、次の葉を取って再び食べ始めるエゾモモンガ。 pic.twitter.com/SEjR69Kbi7— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 12, 2019
— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 12, 2019
春が近づく冬のある日、食事中のエゾモモンガの動画です。 pic.twitter.com/o5UvRixy2tSee alsoRyan General·October 30, 2017Latest Brutal Attack on Chinese Students Highlights Australia’s Problem With Racism— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 19, 2019
— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 19, 2019
写真集ではお馴染みのシーンを動画でどうぞ。手持ちなんでブレてるけど。 pic.twitter.com/3cA0iDRgwN— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 9, 2019
— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 9, 2019
映像的にはあまり良くないのですが、音は森の雰囲気が凄くよく伝わるエゾモモンガの動画です。 pic.twitter.com/IxfNWxAANg— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 15, 2019
— PopShiretoko360 (@Popshiretoko360) December 15, 2019
Feature Image via @PopShiretoko360
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