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Pikas are one of my favorite animals to observe and photograph. This small animal, a relative of rabbits is only about six inches long and weighs only a few ounces. What they lack in size they definitely make up for in character. Always on the move and aways making plenty of noise to let you know that you're in their territory. One of the things I find most endearing about pikas is that they always have this comical, terrified look on their face. This is due, in large part, to the fact that there are an assortment of animals on the tundra that would love to make a snack out of these little fur-balls. I cringe at using the word "cute" to describe an animal, but its hard to deny it with these little guys.

American Pika - Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado



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Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've included this in my Underappreciated Mammals feature here: [link]
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ChinchillaLoves Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i love pikas :p
If you are a lover of animals please join my new group ;D
[link]
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kavsikuzah Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWW!!!
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Yiskah-chan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww...I just love him! He's so adorable. I didn't even know what it existed. It reminds me of a Chinchilla. Both are to Cute!!
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Monoshimi Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
You're absolutely right, pikas are so. CUTE. Adorable!
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glowarabian Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
He is so cute. It looks like my hamster, Doris.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much! [link]
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kanes Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
nice
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Another Stunning Capture!!!
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ThemataDesign Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Oh wow...This is amazing.
What a stunning little guy he is - cute doesn't cover it!
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joseyjou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010   General Artist
look at those whiskers!!!! he's a major general!!!! and looks very mischevious!!!:dalove::+favlove:
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pinkspiral Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
I haven't even heard of them! This pic is perfect!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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mariqueri Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student Filmographer
gorgeous!
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NatureIsLove Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Absolutely adorable. What a character! How close did you get?
I hope you got to hear them squeak.
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kritic2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Cute is so overused, but this pika is definitely cute. What a great shot.
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Miskwaadesi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
This little guy is cute. Much better looking than the guinea pigs I used to have.
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Barabi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great photo, beautiful hamster! :D love him
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rtsphoto Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice, sharp.
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Themoose50 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Great Photo!
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earthy-rah Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010   Writer
Very nice shot. (:
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lisalyn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010   Photographer
:) Hi Nate. This is awesome.
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I always thought the marmots were cuter, in their own chubby way...
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable :heart:
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Heehee I don't see how it's possible to deny the cuteness of pikas! Reminds me of when I had degus as pets
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
this face is made for kisses :rofl:
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Aamarka Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooh, this is the cutest animal I have ever seen. I love the photo.
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xo-PierceMePretty-ox Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aw how sweet! ^_^
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SubArcticSheep Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010   Photographer
it looks like a chinchilla [link]
perhaps they are related .. odd creatures they are :wow:
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NightmareSaber Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Looks kinda like a Hamster to me. I like it.
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Californianinja Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
I would love to catch a glimpse of one of these little guys.
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tsuryuu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Love it - what a great portrait of an uncommon critter.
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gnomgnomgnom Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
PIKA!! FUKIN PIKAA!!! *spaazzz!* hahaha i remember my first time seeing a picture of this fluffy goodness in this animal book i have... just spazzed out when i remembered Pikachu from the name haha
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sshunter94 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
this is madness you cant eat all that cheasse maddens? this is my chisa!!
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LukiraShingurae Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
so cute! great shot!
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loversknot Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
pika PIKA!!!
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Philliwolf5 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I think they're so cute when they make their little alarm calls.
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Cavine Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
how cute xD
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fortysecondarcha Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
In addition to being pretty darn adorable, they are in danger from habitat loss due to global warming. :(
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
yip
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mutableair Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. i honestly thought that was a hamster at first. haha. i've never seen this animal before, and i thank you for exposing me to it's 'cute-ness.' :)
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Sunshinemango101 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWW~
Lol I want to see Pikas in real life.
Great shot, nice focus.
awwwehhh I LOVE HIS PAWSSS~~
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BlackCarrionRose Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
I've never seen these before...and I think "cute" is the only proper descriptor here :D
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
They look really sweet. The lighting in this looks really nice, the lighting looks great.
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NykkyWerwolf Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwhhhh *_*
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kkool Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Photographer
Just wonderful Nate. Are they endangered these ones in America? I can't remember. They always remind me of that yellow Japanese character Pikachu :lol: btw did you have to wait very long for this guy?
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Neo53 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am on the same boat with you, Pikas are one of my most favorite "small fuzzies". Gorgeous animals and this photo captures the nature of this amazing animal wonderfully.
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Blue-Eyed-Chocobo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Pika...chu?
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