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International Beaver Day

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International Beaver Day

The first International Beaver day took place on the 7th April 2009 and continues to this day. The choice of date was to honor Dorothy Richards who spent over fifty years studying the North American Beaver.

The Beaver is found in both North America Castor canadensis and Europe Castor fiber. It is the second largest rodent in the world after the Capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. The Beaver is the largest rodent in North America. It is the national animal of Canada.

Although not occurring in much of Europe in the Northern part of their range the Beaver reaches Northwest China where small populations can be found.

There is an introduced population in Patagonia in South America.

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As per Peppermint Narwhal

As per Peppermint Narwhal

Beavers are herbivorous and feed on leaves, grasses, herbs, bark and twigs. They are largely aquatic spending much of their time in the water where they dig channels to produce pools in which they will build their home or 'lodge'. Their actions serve to restore wetlands and help to prevent flooding. These areas are also beneficial to other wildlife. They can on occasion become nuisance in the area of timber nurseries.

Both populations of the Beaver are considered of Least Concern but their populations are massively smaller than their former numbers. Beaver have been hunted historically for their skins, meat and castoreum (an anal gland secretion used as a perfume base).

The Beaver became extinct in the UK back in the 16th Century due to overhunting. However during the past thirty years Beavers started to appear once again through legal and illegal re-introductions and numbers are rapidly increasing. The Beaver was once so common in England and Wales that some place names referring to Beavers remain today.

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