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These Siberian Flying Squirrels Are Undoubtably — The Cutest Animals On Earth.

By - 21st November 2016

Pictures of these almost mythical creatures are highly unusual as they are shy animals and also nocturnal.

If we were to award a prize for the world cutest animal, I think its pretty fair to say the Siberian flying squirrel would be right up there with a high chance of winning.

With their adorable large eyes, these tree-dwellers could quite easily have come direct from a Disney film.

They actually get their name as they possess the ability to, yes, you guessed it, fly, well kind of. They use their superhero abilities to escape from predators by gliding down from the treetops to the forest floor when they come under threat.

Scroll down for photos of the cuties or watch how they manage to fly below

They spread out their arms and legs and a thin layer of skin or webbing acts as a wing allowing them to glide away unharmed.

Now here is why they only kind of fly, they actually only glide, meaning essentially just like buzz lightyear they “fall with style”

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Using a furry membrane or as its better know in the business a ‘patagium.’ Using this membrane, squirrels have actually been known to glide as far as 100 metres, giving Usain Bolt a run for his money.

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