Busy beaver at work in Brocklehust

Evidence of the work of Canada’s national animal can be seen on the north shore of the Thompson River, near the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association facility in Brocklehurst.

According to the federal government’s list of facts about the beaver, it is Canada’s largest rodent and the second-largest rodent in the world.

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The beaver is nocturnal and

semi-aquatic rodent and famous for building lodges, canals and dams. The animals can grow to a length of three feet, weigh up to 70 pounds and have an average life span of 24 years.

Beavers can stay under water up to 15 minutes and have average swimming speeds of 55 km/h.

The latest estimates peg the number of beavers in Canada at between six and 12 million.

 

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