07 June 2008

A Beaver Encounter

The Beaver Family's Home Sweet Home

In the week before all the rest of us arrived, Kiki discovered the local beaver. He is known in Anchorage for attacking dogs in the off-leash area that surrounds his home at Behm Lake. Tonight, I finally decided to join her on a walk near the lake to catch a glimpse of him for myself.

Although we're both covered in mosquito bites, we had great success. After several minutes of pacing near the beaver's home, an adult came out. We watched him/her gnaw on some wood and swim around for a bit before a baby beaver joined him/her. Because it was getting dark, my pictures and videos are not ideal, but you'll get the point. Be sure to turn up your volume to hear the chomping...and be prepared to ignore the noise pollution.

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