Check out the cutest darn endangered species ever! The Ili Pika, or ‘magic rabbit’ hasn’t been seen in 20 years, and is super rare, even in the small region of China that they live in.
The Ili Pika, formally known as Ochotona iliensis, was discovered by conservationist Li Weidong in 1983, who named it after his hometown.
The animals can only be found in the Tianshan mountain range in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, and its territory is under threat, with the population rapidly declining.
When the Ili Pika was first discovered, Mr Li and his team estimated that there were around 2,900 animals living in the Tianshan mountain range.
Nearly 20 years later, in 2002, Mr Li conducted a new demographic, which found that the population had dropped to 2,000.
Last year’s fresh census, which is when the Ili Pika was spotted for the first time in 20 years, concluded that the population is down to less than 1,000 pikas.
Awwwwwww! These are just the cutest. I so wish I could see one of these in real life, but I guess I would have to figure out a way to get airfare to China. Until then, enjoy the pictures of cuteness!
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“Magic Rabbit” Photographed For First Time in 20 Years
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at KatieFMcGuire@gmail.com
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