These Japanese squirrels just might be answering Pokemon fans’ prayers.
No matter how hard you wish, your favorite Pokemon characters aren’t coming to life. However, we do have something that just might be the next closest thing. Yes, fans beware, you might need to catch your next flight towards the native remote Japanese islands. And that’s because these dwarf-like creatures are too good to be true.
Think along the lines of furry beings with giant, innocent-looking eyes. Moreover, fans can find the adorable little figures running around freely at the islands of Kyushu as well as Honshu in Japan. And the best news is that out of the 50 flying squirrel species worth exploring, you’re looking at one of them. Did we mention how they’re one of the two ‘Old World’ species situated around the globe today?
Say hello to Japanese squirrels worth a glance
The fascinating little creatures are officially referred to by experts as pteromys momonga.
Moreover, you’ll be amazed to see how tiny they really are in real life.At the same time, let’s not forget how they weigh in at 150 to 220 grams. But wait, there’s more intrigue into the world of Japanese squirrels.
See, these 14 to 20 centimeter long creatures are unique in the fact that they carry out two mating cycles in the entire year. On the contrary, other similar flying squirrels only take part in one. How fascinating is that?
Recently, pictures of the furry bubble-like creatures went viral when a photographer put up their glory through social media. Captioned with ‘Japanese dwarf flying squirrels are so heckin cute,’ plenty of viewers couldn’t help but agree.
The cartoonish vibes bring Pokemon vibes to life
It wouldn’t be wrong to explain how these furry beings are cartoonish to the core. See, when you think of cartoons, small and fluffy comes to mind. And there’s simply no surprise here. But how high can these creatures really fly?
Well, they aren’t called flying squirrels for anything! Yes, think along the lines of soaring through the skies like it’s nobody’s business. However, we’d like to burst your bubble a little over here. While they can fly, some believe that they soar like bats and birds too. And there isn’t much truth in those myths.
Animal experts sat down and confirmed the real mystery that surrounds these beings. They also showed how Japanese squirrels glide using their membrane. Did we mention how they stretch out their forelimbs as well as their hindlimbs so well? But did you know that both of these body parts are covered with fur?
At any one point in time, flying squirrels from Japan can glide for some pretty long distances. Think along the lines of 100 meters. Hence, they can offer protection against predators or move between trees with sheer ease.
Foodies at heart- lovable little furballs
Did you know that when they’re not busy jumping from one place to another, they’re busy doing other things? Yes, they’re actual foodies at heart. But what exactly do they munch on in the first place? Well, it totally depends on their mood.
Common examples include pine seeds, fruits, nuts, buds, tree bark, and insects too. How’s that for a very diversified and delightful diet?
In a recent video put up by an anonymous animal lover, one can clearly see the squirrels in absolute action. The user even went on to caption it with how he wished he could simply shrink and cuddle the little furballs up. Yes, don’t we wish the same!
One other commenter went on explaining how they’re so unrealistically cute. Yes, he finds these little beings totally different from the wide array of wildlife present around the globe. What better reason to travel than this?
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