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Meet the newest mascot for the Department of Impossible Cuteness: the Ezo momonga, Siberian flying squirrels that live on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido (historically known as Ezo). With their huge dark eyes, long whiskers, eensy-weensy paws, and the ability to glide through the air from tree to tree, these kawaii creatures wield cuteness like a superpower.

Shy and mostly nocturnal creatures, the Siberian flying squirrel builds cozy nests up high in trees inside holes created by woodpeckers and line them with soft materials such as lichen. They do not hibernate, but during winter they sometimes sleep continuously for a few days at a time.

The idea of walking around a wintry forest knowing there are itty-bitty bundles of cuteness fast asleep in the trees overhead is enough to raise our blood sugar to a dangerous level. Please excuse us while we go eat some almonds and sit quietly for a few minutes.

Photos by Popshiretoko360, Masa Nakamura, and Masatsugu Ohashi respectively.

[via RocketNews24 and Bored Panda]

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Today the Departments of Awesome Parenting and Impossible Cuteness met to squee in delight at the outrageously adorable and elaborate charaben (character bento) lunches created by Li Ming, Singapore-based mother of two lucky sons. Ming began making these exceptional midday meals when her eldest son, 10-year-old Ivan Tey, was having a hard time adjusting to starting school:

‘He refused to go to school and cried everyday - he was not used to the longer hours and missed me. I packed him charabens with written messages to make him feel more secure.“

It wasn’t long before her youngest son, Lucas Tey, started asking for special lunches too:

"Lucas saw one of them and asked for one to take to kindergarten and he really enjoyed the attention he got from his teachers and friends. I ended up decorating either their lunch or dinner instead and they eat those at home. They still enjoy looking at what I make and will give comments at times on how I can position certain parts.”

Li Ming has now made over 100 delightful charaben meals for her sons. Sometimes her inspiration comes from everyday life and other times share uses ideas suggested by her kids.

Visit Li Ming’s Flickr stream to check out many more of her amazing bento creations.

[via Demilked and The Daily Mail]