China is poisoning the animal that inspired Pokemon character

January 6, 2015 2:42 PM

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China is poisoning the animal that inspired Pokemon character

Two American scientists are none too pleased with China's plan for a critter called the pika: to mass-poison the furry little guy. The animal (which inspired the popular Pokemon character Pikachu) digs huge burrow-networks across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in northwest China, the Independent reports.

Officials have apparently spent more than $100 million over 50 years poisoning huge swaths of land trying to kill off the pika, saying it damages grasslands.

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