Monday, December 9, 2013


We have a small neighborhood pond that I fish in during the summer, and apparently some beavers have moved in and started to fell trees around the pond.  It's amazing to me that a small animal can cut down trees!

According to a National Geographic article, beavers can stay underwater for 15 minutes without surfacing.

Here are a few other fun facts about beavers:
  • An adult beaver can weigh between 30 and 70 pounds(!)
  • Beavers are nocturnal creatures and they work at night.
  • Beavers are monogamous.
  • Beavers move slow on land but are good swimmers and can swim up to 5 mph.
  • Prior to European immigration there were over 60 million beavers in North American.
  • Beavers do not hibernate and lodges need to be built in deep enough water so the entrance does not freeze in the winter.

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