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4 year ago · Madiha Waqas · 0 Comment
Categories: Animals · Cute · Photography     Tags: Teddy Bear · Spotted · China · Mountains
For more than 20 years, the Ili pika (Ochotona iliensis), a type of tiny, mountain-dwelling mammal with a teddy bear face, had eluded scientists in the Tianshan Mountains (map) of northwestern China.People have seen the furry critter only a handful of times since it was discovered by accident in 1983. In fact, people have spotted only 29 live individuals, and little is known about the animal's ecology and behavior.

The Ili pika makes its home in China's Tian Shan Mountains. It was first discovered in 1983, and since then, less than 30 have ever been seen. It's so elusive that until last summer, scientists assumed they had gone extinct.

The Ili pika is only about 8 inches long, and is a relative of rabbits and hares (and maybe ewoks too, just sayin'). It spends its days munching on grasses and herbs, and playing hide-and-seek high in the mountain cliffs.

The Ili pika is endangered. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are only 2,000 individuals left in its population and is believed to be decreasing. See, pikas are best suited to cold environments and can retain heat extremely well due to their small ears, short limbs, and a spherical (aka adorable) body shape. So well, in fact, that living at a temperature of 78°F for two days can kill it from heat exhaustion. Unfortunately, most of the world is headed for higher temperatures thanks to climate change, so the future isn't very bright for the Ili pika.

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