A large island, Hokkaido in Japan is home to seven unique kinds of animal. These charming little creatures cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.
1. Ezo Momonga
The adorable ezo momonga is a type of flying squirrel unique to Hokkaido. It has huge, dark eyes and little paws.
The Iizuna, or least weasel, belongs to a sub-species that prefers the northern climates of Hokkaido, Siberia and northern Scandinavia. Unlike some other least weasels, this subspecies’ coat turns white to camouflage it in the winter.
3. Hokkaido red fox
The Hokkaido red fox is simply a sub-species of the common red fox, but we really love foxes, so we won’t miss the opportunity to post a few more.
4. Ezo Fukuro
The Ezo Fukuro is a local sub-species of the Ural Owl. Unfortunately, these guys probably love to feed on some of the other cute and tasty animals in this post!
5. Ezo Naki Usagi
The Hokkaido crying rabbit, or ezo naki usagi, is a local subspecies of the Northern Pika, an adorable critter that lives throughout northern Japan and northern Asia. It is said that this adorable critter was the inspiration for Pikachu, possibly everyone’s favorite Pokemon.
The Shima-Enaga is a type of long-tailed tit that lives only in Hokkaido. Unlike the Northern long-tailed tits in the rest of Japan, this one doesn’t have brown “eyebrows” – its face is completely white.
7. Hokkaido red squirrel
The Eurasian red squirrel is spread far and wide throughout Asia and Europe, but Hokkaido has its own subspecies and is the only place in Japan where these squirrels can be found.
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