April 7 – International Beaver Day

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Happy Beaver Day! 
Beavers are just great. I mean, they’re adorable and incredibly clever. Or are they just really irritable? Only beavers that live on streams build dams. Those in ponds or lakes or slow moving rivers do not. The difference? No running water. A (slightly bizarre) study involved the recording of the sound of rushing water, which was then played through speakers set up close to places beavers resided. The beavers covered the speakers with several feet of mud, sticks and gravel so that they couldn’t hear the sound of the rushing water. Beavers find the sound of rushing water to be dreadful, and their dam building activities are simply a way of silencing a sound they find unpleasant. 
Strange little creatures, Beavers are loved by all…except the Catholics (admittedly of the 17th century) that declared them part of the fish food group and so were appropriate to eat on Fridays…don’t worry Catholics, the Beaver is the national animal of Canada and they nearly killed all of them when it was still ok to hunt them up until the mid 19th century.
If they had killed them off we wouldn’t have such fantastic creatures that:
1. Have a third eyelid (yup…covers their eyeballs when they dive underwater…if that sounds dodgy, here is the source: http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-beaver-6019.html )
2. Can stay underwater for 15 minutes
3. Mate for life (nawwww diddums)
4. Party super-hard (see below) 
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Happy Beaver Day!
Source: http://chaos3621.deviantart.com/art/beaver-birthday-152724774 

~ Darcie Rae

Info-links
On dams: http://www.naturealmanac.com/archive/beaver_dams/beaver_dams.html 
On Facts: http://www.neatorama.com/2009/06/18/interesting-facts-about-beavers/ 
More Facts: http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-beaver-6019.html 

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