The pika is generally acknowledged as an adorable creature. Beyond its native cuteness, it is a herbivore and so is appealing because it feeds on nothing but plants.
Yesterday, I revisited the pika colony discussed earlier. Snow had fallen and the pikas obviously struggled with snow having cut off access to food.
Yet, a much greater threat than a seasonal change beset them. They had to face a new, and effective, predator: a long-tailed weasel.
A pika forages for vegetative delectables in the snow.
A long-tailed weasel moved into the pika colony. Its slim body enabled it to enter the cavities between the rocks where pikas lived.
The weasel arrived and began to prowl for comestibles.
“Why are you terrorizing us? We have done you no harm.”
“I am unconcerned with whether you are nurturing, only that you are nutritious.”