The tiny beaver kit that my friend Amber Fecho found in the middle of a road, harassed by ravens and no nearby beaver habitat noted, finally started to overcome his fear and distrust. I have raised many beaver kits, and they usually accept me in a very short period of time. At least, recognize me as the bringer of their food. But little ‘Gnawedagen’ (as in NOT AGAIN!!!) has been hiding from me when I would come to feed and clean his bath and pen.
Note: I am calling it a he out of habit…still not sure of the kits gender.
Today, his angry wheezes were less dramatic, and as I put his rodent block in his food dish, he started his baby beaver talk with soft mumbles and whines. A good sign. And when I tried to remove his stuffie to be washed, he whapped me with his paws. Shades of Dewy! But unlike Dewy, this little one has a much more varied diet. Willing to eat apples slices, carrots, yams, potatoes, rodent block and a goodly variety of foods, including lots of trembling aspen bark.. Dewy was stuck on just rodent block and aspen bark and wouldn’t even think of touching any other fresh produce at this tender age.
The kit has almost doubled in size since I received it in early September. Like Dewy, it was obviously a late born baby. Likely even later than July, as by this time last year, Dewy was big enough to be moved outside for the day. This one is still too tiny for that move. So my basement rehab room is beaver habitat for a while longer.
And Dewy is happy his pond has stayed open…well, actually it froze over once, but the nice warm weather this past week has opened it again. I worry that there are no aspen near the ponds edge, as if he wanders in too far, the wolves are always near waiting for the opportunity for a snack.
So each day when we walk our dog, I bring aspen branches from our cutover which is growing up nicely again. And Dewy knows I will be coming and waits mid pond for me to toss the branches into the water…Once he is sure Neva isn’t going to chase him, he starts hauling them to his feed bed by the lodge.
There are many of my friends and readers, who at this very moment, questioning my sanity…as do I…