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Pikas are tiny farmers

Pikas live in rock piles high in the mountains.Photo by Alice Weber, Parks Canada

Pikas live in rock piles high in the mountains.
Photo by Alice Weber, Parks Canada

Written by Alice Weber – Glacier National Park

Level 1

What is a pika?
Pikas are part of the rabbit family.
They are the size of a very large mouse.
Their ears are big and round.
Their legs are short and their tails are very small.


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Beluga whale mimics human speech

Beluga whalePhoto by Jason Pier in DC, Flickr

Beluga whale
Photo by Jason Pier in DC, Flickr

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun

Level 3

We know humans can change the sounds they make.
They change these sounds to copy other sounds that they hear.
This skill is called mimicking. It is also called vocal learning.
The ability to mimic is important
when learning a new language.
Some people can also mimic animal sounds.
In the past, people did this while hunting for food.


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