20 Interesting Beaver Facts
1. European Beavers cannot breed with North American Beavers, and that the result of more than 27 attempts was a single stillborn kit.
2. Due to the aquatic habitat and behavior of a Beaver, the Catholic Church officially categorized it as a type of fish, making it edible on Good Friday and throughout Lent. This ruling was later extended to the Capybara and muskrat as well.
3. Now extinct, a beaver was said to be found in North America that was over 8 feet tall and 130-220 pounds, the size of a modern black bear.
4. In 1940, 50 beavers were habituated into Tierra del Fuego to help start a fur trade. There are now over 100,000, and they have devastated over 16 million hectares.
5. A scientist once tested the intelligence of beavers by setting up speakers playing the sound of running water on a field. The beavers began covering the sound player with branches and mud, building up a dam.
6. Beavers can see clearly when they’re underwater because of their transparent eyelids.
7. In 1948 Idaho, beavers were airdropped into wild forest areas using army surplus parachutes when they had outgrown their other habitats.
8. The lips of a beaver are located behind its teeth, which helps it in carrying branches around without drowning.
9. Castoreum used to make the Artificial Raspberry flavor is extracted from the an*l glands of a beaver.
10. The Beavers are separated from their parents at birth.
11. Beaver’s teeth are coated with iron, hence they are orange in color.
12. A man single-handedly kept an Iowa county’s beaver population in check. The county upped the bounty for each beaver to $50 after his retirement.
13. The Beavers belong to the nocturnal species.
14. In 1946, 50 Canadian beavers were migrated to Argentina, they have now populated to over 200,000 and are threatening the local ecology.
15. Beavers are second only to humans in their ability to manipulate and change their environment.
16. In 2006, a beaver pair migrated to Alhambra creek in California. They transformed the area into a wildlife refuge, revitalizing populations of River Otters, Minks, and various birds.
17. “Beaver Fever,” a common parasitic disease acquired from drinking water, can cause permanent lactose intolerance.
18. The Angry Beavers, a Nickelodeon cartoon series is one of the only cartoons where a clock on the wall visible in most episodes updates in real time.
19. 400 billion cigarettes can be made out of 8 pounds of beaver genital secretions.
20. Canada had once considered putting a beaver on the national flag.