A juvenile beaver, less than three years old, was wandering through someone’s yard when he attempted to breach an iron fence. He got the front half of his body through quite fine, but as he tried to pull through his hips and buttocks, he couldn’t quite get there.
When the homeowners saw the plump little beaver and his plight, they quickly phoned Hamilton Animal Services for assistance. An animal services officer opted to use soap to lather up the beaver and slip him over the fence after analyzing the situation. The beaver appeared relieved to be free, if perhaps a bit ashamed that he hadn’t lost his winter weight yet. Fearing for his safety, rescuers returned the beaver to the shelter until he could be relocated to Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge.
“The beaver wasn’t hostile and appeared to know our crew was there to help,” Karen Edwards, a Hamilton Animal Services adviser, told The Dodo. “We don’t believe he stayed there for long because he was in good physical shape. But there was something wrong with his hips, since we suspect he struggled to break free and maybe injured himself.”
The beaver was fed and given time to relax when he returned to the shelter, and he was quite a sight among the shelter’s normal cat and dog inmates.
“The beaver was only with us for a few hours until staff could leave work to bring him to the wildlife rehabber,” Edwards explained. “He was left alone so we didn’t cause him any stress.”
Staffers brought the beaver to the Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge to check him out and provide him medical care so they could figure out how long it would be before he could rejoin his family in the wild.
“Our veterinary staff from the Haldimand Animal Hospital did X-rays and a checkup on the beaver, and it was confirmed he had no fractures or any bone/joint related concerns,” Chantal Theijn, founder of Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge, told The Dodo. “However, there is considerable soft tissue injury in the form of contusions and edema, which is painful and inhibiting his ability to walk correctly.”
The beaver is now being treated for soft tissue injury with pain medicines. According to Theijn, he’s also taking frequent showers, which will not only hydrate him but also aid to loosen up his stiff and painful muscles. The baths are also a lot of fun for him, and he appears to enjoy swimming and splashing around in them.
For the time being, the young beaver will continue to be treated and bathed until he is ready to return to the wild.