Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hear Ye, Hear Ye Beavers Have Returned to New York City!

by Lainie (writer), Tudor City, February 25, 2007

After a 200 year absence, it was reported this week that beavers, which grace New York City’s official seal, have returned to the Big Apple. More precisely, a beaver was videotaped swimming up the Bronx River this past Wednesday.

“It had to happen because beaver populations are expanding and their habitats are shrinking, said Dietland Muller-Schawarze, a beaver expert from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “We’re probably going to be seeing more beavers in the future.”

Beavers held a prominent place in the city’s early days when fur traders were attracted to a burgeoning Manhattan. The beaver appears in the city’s seal to symbolize a Dutch trading company that factored in the city’s colonial beginnings. Amid heavy trappings however, beavers disappeared from the city in the early 1800s.

The beaver that was found this week appears to be a male, several feet long and two or three years old. Biologists have nicknamed the beaver “Jose” as a tribute to U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano’s work to revive the Bronx River.

Let’s all hail the return of the beaver!

(Okay the article’s over -- you may now all snigger away!)

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