7 Incredibly Cute Animals From Hokkaido Island In Japan

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You won’t find these 7 cute animals from Hokkaido Island anywhere else! Get ready to fall in love with the Ezo Momonga, the Shima-Enaga, the Hokkaido red fox and more. Hokkaido Island in Japan is packed with the sweetest little (and big) creatures you have ever seen.

There are many more than 7 cute animals from Hokkaido, but this particular collection is sure to make your heart melt. Some of the animals on this list are subspecies of larger more widespread critters, and others are unique natives.

I am ready to pack my bags and travel to Hokkaido tomorrow, if only to catch a glimpse of the Iizuna, or any other animal on this list. A talented photographer known as Pop Shiretoko on Twitter captured the breathtaking images you see here.

Shima-Enaga

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This gorgeous fluffy bird is a type of long-tailed tit that can only be found on Hokkaido Island. Similar northern long-tailed tits live throughout Japan, although they have brown ‘eyebrows,’ while the Shima-Enaga has a uniquely all-white face.

Ezo Momonga

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Say hello to this super cute flying squirrel that lives on Hokkaido Island. This chubby creature with gargantuan dark eyes and tiny little paws is a mascot of sorts on the island. In fact, the Ezo Momonga appears on the regional railway’s refillable ticket cards.

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Hokkaido Red Squirrel

This particular squirrel is related to the Eurasian red squirrel, which can be found throughout Asia and Europe. The Hokkaido red squirrel is a unique sub-species that can only be found on Hokkaido Island.

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Ezo Naki Usagi

The Ezo Naki Usagi is also known as the Hokkaido Crying rabbit. This little critter is a local sub-species of the Northern Pika, another cute creature that lives in northern Japan as well as northern Asia. Rumor has it, the most popular Pokémon, Pikachu, was inspired after this Hokkaido native.

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Hokkaido Red Fox

The Hokkaido red fox is sub-species of the common red fox, but who could resist photos of any adorable bushy-tailed fox?

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Iizuna

The Iizuna, also known as a least weasel, is a subspecies found only in northern Hokkaido, Siberia and northern Scandinavia. This type of least weasel is unique because it’s furry winter coat turns all white in order to camouflage in the winter.

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Ezo Fukuro

This beautiful line of owl is sub-species of the Ural Owl. Ezo is Hokkaido’s historical name, and is commonly associated with the names of birds and animals native to Hokkaido.

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Photo Credits: Twitter (h/t: Bored Panda)