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Japanese Fox

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Japanese Fox , originally uploaded by /\ltus . Japan-Domains.com - Japan's #1 Domain Registrar

Fly out

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Fly out , originally uploaded by hiro7261 . Japan-Domains.com - Japan's #1 Domain Registrar

Hi,dear!

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Hi,dear! , originally uploaded by maria.norte . Japan-Domains.com - Japan's #1 Domain Registrar

Nara

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Nara , originally uploaded by maria.norte . Japan-Domains.com - Japan's #1 Domain Registrar

Nara Deer

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Nara Deer , originally uploaded by AndyboyH . Japan-Domains.com - Japan's #1 Domain Registrar

YAMAME in autumn

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YAMAME in autumn , originally uploaded by YAMAME Mania . Japan-Domains.com - Japan's #1 Domain Registrar

MALTA

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MALTA , originally uploaded by YAMAME Mania .

Kai Ken Exhibition 2008 -J.B. class

Japanese Pika/Piping Hare (Ochotona hyperborea yesoensis)

Japanese Pika/Piping Hare (Ochotona hyperborea yesoensis)

Japanese Pika/Piping Hare (Ochotona hyperborea yesoensis)

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I am a Japanese pika ( Ochotona hyperborea yesoensis ) living in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. We have been living among boulders on talus slopes in mountain areas such as Daisetsu Mountain National Park, Japan's last wilderness, for thirty or forty thousand years. We originated in Siberia and, passing through Sakhalin, came to Hokkaido in the Ice Age on land bridges that had formed due to a drop in the sea level between Hokkaido Island and the Eurasian continent. After the end of the Ice Age, as it was getting warmer, we went upward to a higher part of the mountains for we can't live without cool, clean air. Since we have survived to the present day, we are called "Relics of the Ice Age." Although we are classified as a different species from American pikas, our appearance and ecology are very similar to theirs. The biggest difference is we are in a critical situation because of timber cutting and the construction of roads and ski resorts while Amer