This fuzzy little guy is a microbat from Ivory Coast, and there's a lot to like here: Wikipedia describes it as having markings like a bee (cute), but it looks a lot like an inverse Holstein cow (also cute).

(Photos by Jakob Fahr, CC BY-NC.)

Forgot to mention that it's a Pied Butterfly Bat, also sometimes known as the Superb Butterfly Bat or Badger Bat. Since badgers are nocturnal too, that's a fun association.

And it's a member of the family Vespertilionidae, which in itself is a lovely name for nocturnal animals.

@erinbee i didn't know about microbats, now I'm wondering what other miniature animals I have missed

@erinbee are we absolutely sure this isn't a pokemon?

@erinbee poor bat buddy 😭 all the stress of being small and broke

@erinbee just seeing the thumbnail images, I thought it was a stuffed animal!!!

That is too cute to be real omg I love them :blobcataww:

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