Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Beaver or El Carpincho,Capivara,Castor
photo byDavid Westphalen/Painet Inc
Beavers are more than intriguing animals with flat tails and lustrous fur.They are a very docile herbivore.
American Indians called the beaver the "sacred center" of the land because this species creates small dams, rich habitats for other mammals, fish, turtles, frogs, birds,dragonflies,otters and ducks and river plants.often controlling flood waters in winter.
Since beavers prefer to dam streams in shallow valleys, much of the flooded area becomes wetlands. Such wetlands are cradles of life with biodiversity that can rival tropical rain forests.
Wildlife rehabilitators find beavers to be gentle, reasoning beings who enjoy playing practical jokes.
Maybe we humans could learn something from them,eh?
Beavers' ability to change the landscape is second only to humans.
An adult beaver may weigh over 40 pounds.
Beavers mate for life during their third year and both parents care for the kits (usually one to four).
Kits normally stay with their parents for two years, with the yearlings acting as babysitters for the new litter.