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Tiny Squirrels That Look Like Pokémon Can Only Be Found On Remote Japanese Islands

by : Cameron Frew on : 23 Aug 2020 18:34
Tiny Squirrels That Look Like Pokémon Can Only Be Found On Remote Japanese Islandsyumeryuu/Reddit/handa.natsumi/Instagram

Regardless of how hard you wish, Pokémon aren’t real. However, here’s the next best thing: Japanese dwarf flying squirrels.

These incredible creatures can only be found on Honshu and Kyushu islands, remote locations in Japan. While there are around 50 different species of flying squirrels all around the world, these ones – known officially as Pteromys momonga – are one of only two ‘Old World’ species.

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They’re rather small, measuring out at between 14 and 20 centimetres and weighing between 150-220g. Also, while other many other flying squirrels have one mating cycle per year, the Japanese dwarf flying squirrel has two.

They’re incredible cartoonish, ‘extremely small and fluffy’, and while its name would suggest they can soar across the skies like a bat or bird, it’s not strictly true.

Animalia explains, ‘Instead, it glides with a membrane, stretching from its forelimbs to hind limbs and covered with fur. The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is known to glide long distances of up to 100 metres at a time, using this ability to move between trees or escape predators.’

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When they’re not jumping around the forest or snoozing in their nests, they munch on ‘nuts, pine seeds, the buds and bark of certain trees, fruits, and probably some insects’.

In a video showing one of the squirrels in action, one user wrote, ‘It’s so cute I wish I could cuddle and protect all of them!’ Another wrote on Twitter, ‘Japanese dwarf flying squirrels!!! Literally don’t even look real they’re so cute.’

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It’s quite the trek to see some cute animals – but then again, is there a better reason to travel?

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Animals, Japan, Now, Pokemon

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Animalia and 2 others
  1. Animalia

    JAPANESE DWARF FLYING SQUIRREL

  2. 半田 菜摘/Instagram

    @handa.natsumi

  3. yumeryuu/Reddit

    🔥 The Momonga Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel from Hokkaido 🔥