China's Adorable Endangered 'Magic Rabbit' Photographed for First Time in 20 Years
China's endangered Ili pika 'Magic Rabbit' was photographed last summer for the first time in 20 years, and the adorable photos were published this month in National Geographic's China edition.
The Ili pika has always been a rare and elusive creature, but it’s becoming increasingly endangered. There may be only 1,000 Ili pika left today. The Tian Shan mountains in remote northwest China provide the tiny rabbit relative with a shrinking habitat.
"Climate change is believed to be the culprit behind the Ili pika’s demise. As mountaintop glaciers melt, the animals have to climb to higher and higher elevations to find a permanently snowy habitat. Soon they may have nowhere else to go."