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DECEMBER 3, 2009

A pika, a small gray furry animal

Photo credit: wildxplorer

Izz

Posted by: Izz
7:21am

Hey, Dex, do you know what this cute creature is?

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:24am

It's a pika, right? They're named after Pikachu?

Izz

Posted by: Izz
7:29am

Not quite... but it is a pika. They live in cooler places like the Rocky Mountains, where they burrow into the ground and make nests. And check this out. When they dive into their nests, they scream out a warning to other pikas so they don't land on their friends!

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:31am

That's awesome. How can I meet one?

Izz

Posted by: Izz
7:33am

Well, you could go to a cold mountain and look, but you better hurry. As the planet gets hotter, also known as global warming, pikas will be forced higher and higher up into the mountains to find a colder place to live. Pretty soon, these adorable animals will have a really tough time finding somewhere to burrow.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:35am

In that case, I guess I better get to the Rockies soon!