A chubby beaver gained a few too many pounds over the winter and got stuck in the fence. Thankfully he was found and rescued from iron railings.
The adult beaver, which has been an official symbol of Canada for over 300 years, was discovered trapped in Hamilton, near Toronto.
He would normally be expected to slip through the gap, but beavers carry extra fat after a winter of inactivity. And when he saw the railings, he clearly forgot he wasn’t as trim as he once was and became stuck.
Animal Services from the City of Hamilton was called at midday on Wednesday to rescue the poor creature. Officer Sarah Mombourquette had to use soap to extract the animal from its confined space.
‘Animal Services was called to an address to find a full-size adult beaver, carrying excess fat from a long winter hibernation, wedged between two bars,’ said a spokesperson for the department.
‘The noble beaver (Castor canadensis), which has been an official symbol of Canada for over 300 years, is known for its large buck teeth, which can cut through wood.
‘Unfortunately for this beaver, his sharp incisors were ineffective in piercing the iron fence.’
After being rescued, the beaver spent time at the Hamilton Animal Services shelter, where he ate a healthy veggie diet.
He was then relocated to Jarvis, Ontario’s Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge.
‘While at the shelter, the beaver expressed gratitude for his rescue by building a wooden doghouse for the resident mutts and a new sturdy scratching post for the cats,’ according to the spokesperson.
‘The beaver was injured by the fence and will be fully rehabilitated before being released back into the wild, along with a stern lecture about staying close to his aquatic home,’ according to the statement.
He was expected to recover in a week.