Okay, someone sent me this photo, and I fell in love. It’s got to be in the pantheon of World’s Cutest Mammals, along with the giant panda and Pallas’s cat. It’s certainly the world’s cutest rodent.
It’s the Japanese dwarf flying squirrel, (Pteromys momonga), a threatened species that lives in subalpine areas in Japan. You can tell it’s nocturnal from the size of its eyes.
Of course Buzzfeed has a page: “35 photos of Momonga dwarf flying squirrels“, and I’ve chosen four to put up:
And of course we must see it gliding (if you’re evolutionarily inclined, think about the incipient steps of this adaptation, since gliding squirrels evolved from non-gliding ones):
And as a special second-day-of-Koynezaa treat, here are two videos of the animal. It’s adorable.
Feel free to add your candidate for “world’s cutest mammal” in the comments. Links are okay, but please don’t embed videos!