A beaver family is a tight knit unit. The kits are born in early spring and spend at least two years with their parents. During this time they learn the essentials of being a beaver.
Dam construction and repair, lodge construction, channel building and most importantly, how to identify predators. These are some of the lessons mom and dad teach their kits.
The beavers in this video were displaced from their home by people who just simply don't get it. Instead of placing mesh around their shoreline trees, they tore the lodge apart and chased the beavers from the marsh they inhabited. One kit died in the process.
It is my hope, that simple videos like this will help people understand that the wild folks of the forest have much to teach us.
I watched this family for three years, they accepted me in their home. I floated for hours in my canoe as they paddled around me. I sat quietly by the shoreline as they chewed on saplings I brought them. Mom would sit on my foot as she groomed her fur.
I learned volumes about these little forest folk and I learned much about myself.
I hope you enjoy this video; shot with an older camera it is a bit grainy, but moments like this are rarely repeated.
With much respect to those who care.