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A rare find- an infant Beaver

A rare find- an infant Beaver

babybeaver-2In 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.

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4 Comments

  1. Cindy

    just a thought – a “funfur” sleeve for the bottle might make little beaver happier (and maybe some of the other bottlefed babies too).

    I’m pleased to see the work this organization is doing. I know in the past, many animals only got rescued/rehabbed if they made good press, or were on the threatened/endangered list.

    1. pwildlife

      Hi there, at PWRC we not only rehabilitate the cute wildlife but all species of birds and small to medium mammals, and reptiles. We do take pictures of our common patients but they don’t always turn out or may not be the publics favorite. We are a public service so it doesn’t matter if is a threatened or non-protected animal, we try to help all wild creatures. The beaver is going strong and hope to be able to ship him/her as soon as possible to another facility. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Sam Burns

    So um, this is a very belated comment, however, as a fellow Canadian, I just wanted to say thank you for your hard work, and also to let ya’ll know (the obvious) that these pictures of this little lady are absolutely adorable! Poor thing – she still around or..? 🙂

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