A rare animal known as the “magic rabbit” was spotted for the first time in 20 years

A conservationist, Weidong Li discovered Ili’s Pika in 1983, and it took him 20 long years to find another in the mountains of northwest China’s Tianshian. The species, officially classified as “Ochotona iliensis” was named Ili after Li’s hometown.

A rare animal known as the “magic rabbit”

Since the discovery of the species, it is estimated that the population has decreased by 70% or about 1000 individuals.

Li Weidong, the man who discovered them, said, “I discovered the species, and I saw it as if it was going to extinction. If she goes out in front of me, I’ll feel really guilty. “

Few data are available on this species because they are very rare, but scientists think they are part of the rabbit family.

Li and his volunteers think that the population may be in decline because of the problems of global warming caused by humans.

A rare animal known as the “magic rabbit”

Being captivated by this adorable creature, Li retired and dedicated his life to watching the animal. At present, there is no official organization dedicated to the study or conservation of Ili Pika.

Weidong hopes that the new images will raise awareness and that more people will join his efforts to protect the species from extinction.

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