Watch out, red squirrel, there’s a new kid on the block — and this one has some serious super powers.
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The flying squirrel hasn’t made its way into British skies yet but can be found in Japan and certain parts of Europe, including the Baltic Sea and the Pacific coast of Russia.
Coming under the category of “Old World flying squirrels,” they don’t actually fly: they glide using the patagium (furry membrane) between their front and rear legs. They have been seen gliding over 100 metres, which is close enough to flying for us.
These squirrels don’t hibernate (why would you when there’s so much flying fun to be had?!) but sometimes sleep for several days at a time during winter months.
The ezo momonga is one type of flying squirrel, which is unique to the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Just check out these adorable little creatures, with their big dark eyes and little paws, thanks to Twitter user Popshiretoko360.
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