Dogs, cats, birds and fish are some of the most popular choices for household pets. However, there are times when we just can’t help but wonder what it’s like caring for unconventional pets. For instance, a baby beaver. Well, a licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialist has taken to social media to share her experience of living with a semiaquatic rodent.
Nancy has been taking care of a rescue beaver, which she aptly named Beave, since May 2020. According to her, a concerned citizen found Beave along the side of the road and reported it to her. Beave was only three weeks old at the time. So, this has led Nancy to believe that his parents might have been killed or some poachers might have abandoned him.
You see, these semiaquatic rodents learn literally everything from their parents, including what food to eat. So, they typically stay with their families for two years or until they acquire all the necessary skills to survive in the wild. That said, rehabilitation for Beave works a bit differently than other animals.
“The most challenging part about rehabbing a beaver is trying to teach him to learn all the things his parents would teach him. He does chew everything in the house, but with each rehab, there are unique challenges.”
A licensed wildlife rehabilitation specialist has taken to social media to share her experience of living with a baby beaver
In a video, the specialist detailed how she had to guide Beave as he transitioned from milk to solid food. When Nancy introduced him to vegetation, he initially didn’t show interest in eating it. However, when she started showing him what to eat, that’s when Beave understood. Even so, Nancy still had to initially feed him by hand. This only goes to show how important it is for beavers to stay with their parents at this age.
Beave has been taken in by Nancy after a concerned citizen spotted him along the side of the road
Beave will be staying with Nancy for two years until he’s ready to go out in the wild again. In the meantime, he keeps himself busy by wandering around the house and swimming in the lake. At the same time, he’s also instinctively learning new skills. Of course, this includes the unique skill that beavers are most famous for—building dams.
The baby beaver has been staying with the specialist since May 2020 and will continue to do so for two years until he’s ready to go out in the wild again
Lately, the critter has been working on his dam-building skills which he has instinctively developed
However, since Beave is staying indoors, his dam doesn’t consist of rocks, wooden sticks, leaves, and other natural materials. Instead, it features a variety of household items. From toys, pillows, shoes, towels to literally anything that he can get his teeth and paws on! So, lately, a typical day for Nancy consists of cleaning up a messy pile in the doorway due to Beave’s dam-building activity.
“Beave is just starting to dam with household objects but has not yet started outside or in water. He dams pretty much every evening. When I clean it up, he just rebuilds!”
Nancy documents the adorable critter’s daily shenanigans and shares them on his TikTok page. The page currently boasts over 460K followers, which only proves that people have fallen for this critter’s unique charm. Meanwhile, the specialist has also created a YouTube channel where she shares her in-depth stories about rehabbing. Feel free to check out their TikTok page and YouTube channel to see more of Beave’s funny antics.
@beaverbabyfurryloveAnatomy of Dam Building 101. Start by moving any object you can find to the door. #DoItBold #dialitforward #animalsdoingthings? original sound – Beave
@beaverbabyfurryloveDam Building #2 #doitbold #dialitforward #animalsdoingthings #HorrorTok #fyp #foryou? original sound – Beave
@beaverbabyfurryloveDam Building #3 #fyp #animalsdoingthings #DoItBold #HorrorTok #foryou #furry #wildlife? original sound – Beave
@beaverbabyfurryloveMore damming up the bathroom. Up at the Lake. #WellDone #WeWinTogether #fyp #youwantmore #animation #wild? original sound – Beave