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What an honour. Climbing a mountain and then being rewarded by this curious but cautious pika on the Highwood Meadows trail in the Kananaskis Country (Alberta, Canada).

The pika is a small chinchilla-like animal, with short limbs, rounded ears, and short tail. The name pika (pronounced /?pa?k?/ PYE-k?, archaically spelled pica) is used for any member of the Ochotonidae, a family within the order of lagomorphs, which also includes the Leporidae (rabbits and hares). One genus, Ochotona, is recognised within the family, and it includes 30 species. Pikas are also called rock rabbits or coneys. It is also known as the “whistling hare” due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow. The name “pika” appears to be derived from the Tungus piika, or perhaps from the Russian pikat “to squeak” (wikipedia).

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  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertabout 4 years ago

    Cute little critter! Love those BIG feet!!!!

  • thanks Ruth. yeah, absolutely lovely animals. but fast as lightning…lol

    – zumi

  • JasmineGreen
    JasmineGreenabout 4 years ago

    Awww! thats really sweet, lovely shot

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Shelley Neff
    Shelley Neffalmost 3 years ago

    12/17/11 ~ Congrats on being featured in Squirrels, Chipmunks & Relatives ~ keep up the great work!!!

  • thanks a lot!

    – zumi

  • peechez2010
    peechez2010almost 3 years ago

    This is just all kinds of cute. Excellent shot and an instant fav~ Peechez

  • thanks a lot.

    – zumi

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    OMG! so cute!
    never seen one like this before :) it looks like Jerry in T&J cartoon :)

  • thanks a lot. you have to climb mountains to see them (2km high or so). amazing animals… :)

    – zumi

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsover 1 year ago

    Aaw, so cute!

  • thanks a lot. lovely creatures :)

    – zumi

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    September 23, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • thank you very much :)

    – zumi

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Wonderful work

  • Keala
    Keala7 months ago

    This is utterly darling! We take rabbits in
    if you wished to share with us.

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