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Wary Wanderer

American Pika - (Ochotona princeps) - Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

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.