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Hokkaido Island Is Home To Incredibly Cute Animals

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Hokkaido Island Is Home To Incredibly Cute Animals

Ezo Momonga

Incredible cute animals. 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. There are several cute little critters in particular that you will absolutely fall in love with!

Some of these are just subspecies of other more widely-spread critters, while others are unique natives. All of them, however, are cute. Whether it’s for the winter sports, natural sights, unique culture or cute animals, 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!


Ezo Momonga

Ezo Momonga

Ezo Momonga

The adorable Ezo Momonga is a type of flying squirrel unique to Hokkaido. 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.


Shima-Enaga

Shima-Enaga

Shima-Enaga

Unlike the Northern long-tailed tits in the rest of Japan, this one doesn’t have brown “eyebrows” – its face is completely white.


Hokkaido red fox

Hokkaido Red Fox

Hokkaido Red Fox

The Hokkaido Red Fox is simply a sub-species of the common red fox.


Hokkaido Red Squirrel

Hokkaido Red Squirrel

Hokkaido Red Squirrel

The Eurasian red squirrel is spread far and wide throughout Asia and Europe, but Hokkaido has its own subspecies.


Ezo Fukuro

Ezo Fukuro

Ezo Fukuro

The Ezo Fukuro is a local sub-species of the Ural Owl.


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Happy Animals That Will Make You Smile

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Happy Animals That Will Make You Smile

These happy animals will make your smile! The animals that look like they’re smiling are bound to warm even the stone-cold jaded hearts among us.

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However, the scientific jury is still out on whether or not animals can/do actually smile. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect that the smiles we see on these animals are a case of pareidolia – our tendency to see human faces in everything around us. And many animals have different complex visual cues to express their emotions that may preclude the need for smiling. Dogs already communicate with each other by raising their haunches, baring their teeth, changing their postures and raising, lowering or wagging their tales, so it would be reasonable to expect that smiles just aren’t a part of their already complex physical vocabulary.

But scientists are increasingly warming up to the idea that animals may have a more complex range of emotions and that some of them may even have facial expressions similar to ours. In 2010, a controversial experiment held at McGill University determined that mice have distinct facial expressions to express pain, which can be used to monitor their discomfort during a given experiment.

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