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European beaver

Observed: 15th May 2013 By: Gill Sinclair
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeThe Mammal SocietyThe Vincent Wildlife Trust
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Description:

Very large brown rodent with flattened tail observed swimming 'crocodile fashion' and eating/knawing under this pile of branches for 1.5 hours. The brown blobs in the centre of the photos are beavers - honest!

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DebbieA's picture

Great sighting!

Wow, how lucky are you to get this great sighting!

Debbie Alston

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Lucky person!

I 'dipped' (sorry for the pun) on them when I was up there last year, I aim to try again later this year or next year.

Are you sure it's not a new species of Nessie, one that has evolved fur?

Graham Banwell

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New Nessie species

Could well be, as this was at the same loch as the Nessie-otter. Perhaps it's a kind of Galapagos or Madagascar where, cut off from other populations, new Nessies evolve!

By the way Graham, have just noticed that I'm finally back up to 4 mammal symbols (yippee), so thanks for agreeing with all my observations (and others I've agreed with myself), as I think we'd reached a sort of mammal reputation ceiling without a mammal expert around!

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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Four mammals

Sorry about that, I've been very busy and off the radar for a while; I'm back now.

Graham Banwell

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