Q: What does Beaves Tail feel like and what is it used for:
A. Beaves tail is made of fat. There is also a bone in his tails that extends from his neck all the way down to his tail, which is his vertebrae. His tail feels like leather. He uses his tail as a rudder to steer in the water. He also uses it as a warning to other beavers by slapping it on the water. This lets other beavers know there is danger close by. When Beave is out of the water, he does use his tail as a kind of kick stand when he is sitting up right.
Q: Where does he go to the bathroom:
A. Beavers like to go to the bathroom in the water. Beave seeks out the pond or his kiddie pool to go potty. Beavers drink the water they swim in so it’s important to always keep his kiddie pool clean.
Q: Where will his release take place:
A. Beave will have a soft release in the big pond at about two years old. At the time when he starts to become aggressive, he will also start to distance himself from me. He will spend all of his time in the pond. While I will continue to ensure he has food, it will slowly decrease over time encouraging him to forge for food on his own.
Q: Why is Beave in your house:
A. Beavers rehab very differently than our other rehabs. They are highly social animals that need to feel nurtured and close contact. Beave comes and goes in and out of the house as he pleases but when he needs some contact he will seek me out in the house. With the winter approaching, Beave would freeze staying outside over night. In the wild, he would have his beaver family in the lodge with him, keeping the lodge between 33-50 degrees Fahrenheit even in the coldest nights. Beave must stay in at night for contact and warmth.
Q: Why is he with you for two years:
A. Beaver kids stay with their parents for two to three years for security, knowledge and protection. In the two to three years, the parents will teach their kids everything from what foods are safe to eat to how to dive under the water. Beave will need a solid two years before he can survive on his own.
Q: Does Beave ever Bite you:
A. Beave is still very young so he does not bite yet, but in time, when he becomes aggressive, he will bite me.
Q: If he doesn’t become aggressive can you keep him:
A. No, keeping wildlife as a pet is illegal, wrong and very dangerous for both people and animals.
Q: What will make Beave leave since he seems to be so domesticated:
A. Beave has bonded with me as he would with his parents in the wild but once his hormones kick in, he will become aggressive. This means that he is ready to set off and find a mate to start his own family with. Wild animals are driven away from their parents by the need to procreate.
Q: How will Beave learn to eat foods in the wild when he is eating things he won’t find in the wild:
A. During the summer, a lot of time was spent introducing Beave to various wild vegetation, pond grasses and other plants he will need to eat in the wild. Although he gets treats such as grapes, peaches and carrots, he also gets Kale as a main staple. Next spring he will be eating more and more of his wild natural foods.
Q: Why does Beave have to learn to chew the bark off sticks:
A. Beavers eat the soft pulpy part of the wood called cambium. Beavers love Aspen, Willow, Poplar and some Maples. Chewing the bark off allows them to get to the sugary part of the wood.
Q: Why are his teeth orange and do they constantly grow:
A. Beaves enamel in his teeth is made of Iron to reinforce the strength of the tooth. A beaver is a rodent so his teeth constantly grow. They self sharpen on the wood blocks and sticks he chews on.
Q: How will Beave survive in the wild if he’s not scared of humans:
A: Beave is scared of humans if he does not know their scent. He has bonded with me but will run and hide with any strangers. This is instinct.
Q: Can you get Beaver Fever from Beave:
A: Beaver fever is caused by a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal illness known as giardiasis. Giardia is found on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces from infected humans or animals. Beavers poop in the water they swim in so if a human digest the contaminated water, they can become infected. Beave has tested negative for Giardia.
Q: Does Beave chew on furniture and wood in the house:
A: yes, beave chews on everything. It comes with the territory of rehabbing a beaver.