The Japanese Island Is Home To 7 Of The Most Adorable Animals In The World

30 Mar 2015 Animals
The Japanese Island Is Home To 7 Of The Most Adorable Animals In The World

Japan is famous for all things cute, but it's not limited to just cute cartoons and colorful fashion. You can also find these seven adorable creatures (among many others) on the country's northern island of Hokkaido. The little guys are seriously the cutest things you'll see all day. It's almost hard to believe they're real!

Ezo Fukuro

Ezo Fukuro

This subspecies of Ural Owl is fluffy, adorable, and loves to cuddle! They are predators, though, so they might snack on some of the other adorable critters on this list.

This subspecies of Ural Owl is fluffy, adorable, and loves to cuddle! They are predators, though, so they might snack on some of the other adorable critters on this list.

Iizuna

Iizuna

Ezo Naki Usagi

Ezo Naki Usagi

The name translates to "Hokkaido crying rabbit." ("Ezo" is another name for Hokkaido.) This chubby creature is related to the Northern Pika, an animal known for its shrill cry. It's also thought to be the inspiration for Pokemon's famous yellow character, Pikachu.

The name translates to "Hokkaido crying rabbit." ("Ezo" is another name for Hokkaido.) This chubby creature is related to the Northern Pika, an animal known for its shrill cry. It's also thought to be the inspiration for Pokemon's famous yellow character, Pikachu.

Hokkaido red squirrel

Hokkaido red squirrel

Hokkaido red fox

Hokkaido red fox

There's not much difference between the average red fox and the Hokkaido subspecies, but these creatures so darn cute. How could they not be included here?

There's not much difference between the average red fox and the Hokkaido subspecies, but these creatures so darn cute. How could they not be included here?

Shima-Enaga

Shima-Enaga

Ezo Momonga

Ezo Momonga

This isn't fair. This should be outlawed.

This isn't fair. This should be outlawed.

LOOK AT IT!

LOOK AT IT!

This obscenely adorable creature is a type of flying squirrel completely unique to Hokkaido. Everyone thinks it's just the cutest thing, including the local transit authorities. You can even find its image on the local railroad's ticket cards.

This obscenely adorable creature is a type of flying squirrel completely unique to Hokkaido. Everyone thinks it's just the cutest thing, including the local transit authorities. You can even find its image on the local railroad's ticket cards.
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