Rock rabbit II by zumi

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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 /ˈpaɪkə/ PYE-kə, 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).

TOP TEN in the What Do You Mean? This Is My Happy Face Challenge in Squirrels & Chipmunks Group (14/02/2011)


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  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    How cute and adorable!! Fabulous work.

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

  • wow. thanks a lot Vickie. I am really happy for the little pika. such a wonderful animal…

    – zumi

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Great capture! Love this.

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 4 years ago

    So cute! Great capture zumi! It looks like a young one.

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    How sweet!!! This would look GREAT here: Squirrels and Chipmunks
    We accept PIKAS, too!! :-)

  • emmy2
    emmy2about 4 years ago

    absolutely awesome capture!! How lucky you were!!!

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your ADORABLE image has placed in the TOP TEN of the “What Do You Mean? This IS My Happy Face!”

  • thanks very much Lorilee. this is a great news. this little curious thing deserves it…lol

    – zumi

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