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More than 20 years after its discovery, rare Ili pika was spotted in mountains of northwestern China: http://t.co/KByCQs23x5
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) March 19, 2015
National Geographic has obtained a photograph of a very rare, intensely adorable mammal, the Ili Pika, looking like he was just caught changing his clothes in front of an open window.
The Ili pika hides in the Tianshan Mountains of northwestern China. There have been only 29 instances of people seeing the creature live since its accidental discovery in 1983, which makes sense. If I were that cute, I'd want to hide too, for fear that any human in a twenty-mile radius would be looking to kidnap me and keep me tucked in with them at night in case they get nightmares.
Very little is actually known about Ili pika, so the scientist who originally discovered it, Weidong Li, went on a research trip this summer setting up camera traps in hopes of meeting his rare friend again. This summer, he was rewarded for his efforts as "a curious pika emerged from a gap in the cliff face," leading to the photograph above.
Since sightings have been so rare, very little is known about the Ili pika, but judging by its photo I'd say they are sentient, diminutive, furry bipeds native to the forest moon of Endor.