Small, cute, and extremely rare mammal rediscovered in China (+video)

March 26, 2015 12:16 PM

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For the first time in 20 years, the Ili pika, an adorable little mammal of the same order as rabbits and hares, has been spotted in its habitat atop the Tianshan mountains in northwestern China, National Geographic reported.

Ili pika’s reappearance after two decades has researchers concerned about the animal’s survival, as rising temperatures push the tiny creature higher into the mountains. Today, there are fewer than 1,000 Ili pikas left, according to conservationist Li Weidong, who first discovered the animal and was...

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