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Hokkaido, the large island at Japan’s northern end, is home to populations of adorable little critters that can’t be found anywhere else in Japan.  

Ezo momonga is a type of flying squirrel. Its huge, dark eyes and little paws are so cute that it has become a local mascot of sorts, appearing on the regional railway’s refillable ticket cards.

Hokkaido is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Japan. A photographer who goes by Pop Shiretoko on Twitter took most of these pictures, so check them out!

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