Flying beavers

Just the title — Transplanting Beavers by Airplane and Parachute [PDF] — of this 1950 report in the Journal of Wildlife Management raises questions. Like, for goodness sake, why? And how? Did they specially make tiny beaver-sized parachutes and goggles, and push them out of the cargo hold, one by one, like a tiny dam-making army? Once on the ground, did the beavers suffer post-traumatic stress from the sudden drop? Or did they spend the rest of their days mourning in rivers, longing for another taste of the sky?

Read more at The Daily Planet [via Miss Cellania]

4 Responses to “Flying beavers”

  1. Amfortas December 1, 2012 at 15:15 Permalink

    It is only because animal biologists are so lacking in understanding of what normal cognition is in a beaver that they saw only ‘well established’ colonies afterwards. I would imagine that traumatised beavers would do their best in the circumstances but become a society of mad buggers. Abuse and false allegations amongst beavers may well have risen to ‘shelter demand’ levels and feminist beaver groups established, blaming it all on poor Geronimo and by extension all male beavers, but the rangers would never know.

  2. dearieme December 1, 2012 at 16:43 Permalink

    I gather that the beavers imported into Argyll are thriving.
    http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/scottish-beaver-trial/

  3. dearieme December 1, 2012 at 16:45 Permalink

    There’s an air of mystery about the Tay beavers.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-17387962

  4. ivan December 1, 2012 at 21:57 Permalink

    I suppose those under the flight path could be thankful they weren’t pigs.

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