ochotonidae

Northern Pika | ©alexdersu

The Northern Pika, Ochotona hyperborea is a small lagomorph that has its own taxonomic family (Ochotonidae).

Ochotona hyperborea is found in the Ural, Putorana, and Sayan mountains, east of the Lena River to Chukotka, Koryatsk and Kamchatka, upper Yenesi, Transbaikalia and Amur regions, eastern and southern Siberia, northern Mongolia, Manchuria, North Korea, Sakhalin Island (Russia) and Hokkaido (Japan) [1].

pikas are actually related to rabbits…even though they remind me of hamsters.

they live on mountains and gather plants to store for the winter and they’re really cute :)