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January 5, 2015 China tries to exterminate real-life Pikachu

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This is a terrible, terrible idea.

In spite of the warnings provided by biologists, ecologists and other scientists, China is engaging in a program to exterminate the pika, a small mammal most famous for inspiring the creation of everyone’s favourite Pokémon, Pikachu.

The last time China tried to abolish a purported pest species, 20 million people died of starvation. You’d think that would prove enough of a disincentive, but obviously not.

Ergh.

This article is part of a series called Science by Compass.

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