A Beaver in Oxfordshire!

Over here. I am proud to share my county with a beaver. It is apparently not the first beaver in Oxfordshire in five hundred years: last summer another beaver escaped from Cirencester and lived in the Cherwell before being recaptured and shipped back across the county line into Gloucestershire.

[It’s also good to see that someone mentions Gerald of Wales in the comments below the article, before it all begins to degenerate.]


  1. Does this not imply that European beavers are kept as domestic pets? Now I’m no expert, having experience only of the (unbelievably destructive) Canadian beaver, a group, or band or whatever of whom are currently wreaking holy hell on the previously well-shaded creek behind my house. But I would not ascribe to them any of the qualities one normally associates with pets. Think of the furniture, for one thing.

    Quote | Posted 24 March, 2008, 11:34 pm

  2. It turns out that it is a mysterious Thames beaver!


    Quote | Posted 27 March, 2008, 4:28 pm

  3. What’s the deal with beavers? I’ve always wondered…

    Quote | Posted 27 March, 2008, 10:34 pm

  4. They are fantastic animals.

    Quote | Posted 27 March, 2008, 10:35 pm

  5. Once at the Univeristy of Virginia, a Canadian Professor of History named Martin Havran delivered a very funny lecture on the differences between America and Canada. His punch line (and iwish icould reproduce his accent and tone )was “Your national animal is the eagle; Our national animal is the beaver.”

    Quote | Posted 28 March, 2008, 1:33 pm

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