Thursday, July 31, 2008

A 400-year long wait

Captured on camera as they swim in a lake, drag pieces of wood to make their dens and play with one another, these are the first beavers to be born in Britain in 400 years. The enchanting scene is a heartwarming sight for animal lovers as the species was previously extinct in Britain. The 12 baby beaver ‘kits’ – all from the same mother – were born at the 550-acre Lower Mill Estate near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Jeremy Paxton, owner of the estate, brought three pairs of beavers – named Tony and Cherie, Gordon and Sarah and John and Pauline – from Bavaria in 2005. He has spent almost £1million on the project. He said: ‘I have always wanted to bring an extinct indigenous species back to Britain. Source: The Daily Mail

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