Reading by: Corey Muench
Written by Alice Weber – Glacier National Park
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.
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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.