A rare find- an infant Beaver
In my 20 years experience, this was my first time seeing a young beaver. This infant beaver was found alone out in the bush with no mother or family around. The finders researched and took care of the young beaver for over six weeks prior to contacting PWRC. We made arrangements to meet the presenters as they were coming in from rural Manitoba. This little girl is approximately 6 weeks old and weighs 2.27 kg. Beavers are born with their eyes open and fully furred. Beaver kits stay in their lodge until their two months old so finding this little beaver away from the lodge was very strange. Did something happened to the lodge? We will never know.
As with any rodent, a beaver’s front teeth(incisors) are continuously growing and must eat woody matter to help grind down their teeth. Beavers are vegetarians and eat a variety of plants, trees, and leaves. Baby beavers are adorable when they are young but can grown fairly large and more difficult to maintain in captivity. Some research suggest rehabilitating beaver kits until they’re two years old. Their first year, beavers mostly sleep, eat, and play. In their second year, they have developed the skills to build a dam and lodge. By two years of age, they will weigh 30-35 pounds but don’t reach adult weight until 4 years old. We are currently researching and searching for another rehabilitation centre with other beaver kits for our little one to play and bond with. Once a centre is found, we will have to apply for permits to ship to another province and then arrange airfare for the animal to reach its destination. Please consider sending a donation today towards this little beaver’s flight to his future.