Ili Pika – Magical Rabbit Endangered to Lost Forever
Are you ready to fall in love and have you heartbroken at the same time? The gorgeous rabbit that you’ve probably never heard of, the Ili Pika. This is also one of the rarest and most endangered living beings in the world. Their population native to China is likely to have dropped to less than 1,000. These photographs are the first one that has been spotted in 20 years.
The Ili Pika population is strongly believed to have declined by around 70 % since its first discovery in 1983, scientists say. The Ili Pika was first discovered in the Tianshian Mountains in northwestern China. But it is projected their population is rapidly decreasing. These adorable rabbits are just teddy-bear look-alikes. Which are a distant relative of rabbits, and are so infrequent that scientists know very little about them.
Li Weidong, the conservationist who discovered them, told CNN. I discovered the species, and I watched as it became endangered. If it becomes extinct in front of me, I’ll be so sad and I just feel so guilty. He and his volunteers have dubbed it the “magic rabbit”, but they’re doubtful that rabbit populations may be declining due to global warming as the altitude of permanent snow in the Tianshan mountain range has risen.