Wild Beavers Spotted in England for the First Time in 800 Years

February 28, 2014 at 1:51 PM 1 comment

Hey, maybe all the rain they got in England last month caused beavers to spontaneously generate (just kidding!).

Seriously, this is great:

Beaver via Wikimedia Commons

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Wild Beavers Seen in England for First Time in Centuries

A family of wild beavers has been seen in the English countryside in the first sighting of its kind in up to 800 years, according to experts.

Three European beavers, believed to be two adults and a juvenile, were filmed together on the River Otter in east Devon as they gnawed trees, groomed themselves and played together..

Experts said the sighting was “highly significant” as it strongly suggested a small breeding population of beavers now existed outside captivity.

This would be the first time for hundreds of years that European beavers have been breeding in the wild in England. Once widespread, they were hunted to extinction in the 12th century due to their highly-valued fur, meat and medicinal properties..



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  • 1. Tim Truett  |  March 1, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    If the farmers are angry at the Environmental Ministry now for flooding, just wait until a new generation of beavers is up and running.

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