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Pika

The American pika (Ochotona princeps) is a small member of the rabbit family that inhabits alpine regions of south-western Canada and the western U.S., where its populations are falling victim to global climate change. This endearing mammal is well-adapted to cold climates, with short, dense, silky, greyish-brown fur. The winter coat is greyer and nearly twice as long as the summer coat. The soles of the feet are densely furred, except for small black pads at the end of the toes. The American pika has relatively large, dark ears with white margins and hair on both sides. The American pika has an almost egg-shaped body and appears to lack a tail, but actually has the longest tail of any lagomorph; it is just buried amongst the dense fur. The hindlimbs are rather short for a lagomorph and appear much the same size as the forelimbs. The American pika is frequently seen hunched up on boulders of nearly the same colour as its fur.

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