This is me standing on top of a beaver lodge in a provincial park in the middle of Northern Ontario. The meadow surrounding me used to be rushing water, then a dammed up pond filled with lily pads, and now this.
Cool things about beavers:
- When attacked, a beaver can grab its prey with its two front teeth and drag the attacker underwater until it is drowned.
- If you stuck your iPod and a pair of speakers in the middle of a field and played the sound of rushing water on a loop, a beaver might build a dam right over it. They're kind of stupid.
- Beavers mate for life, unless their partner dies.
- That partner could die being crushed by the tree it is cutting. Beavers cannot predict which way a tree will fall, and beaver skeletons have been found underneath tree trunks.
- Beaver teeth have iron in the outer layer to strengthen their teeth so they can cut down trees like this one.
|This is a real beaver, too.|
In conclusion, I like beavers too much.
Also, here are some gnomes we found on the top of an isolated mountain. It was a magical experience.