Beaver – Amazing Canadian Wildlife

The Beaver - Canada's most iconic animal
Credit: 3 Pence Beaver Stamp, Sandford Fleming, PD

The beaver, pictured on Canada’s first postage stamp (see above), is an iconic Canadian symbol. Beavers have a historical place in the settling of Canada.

Beavers make dams to create their own pond. Their lodges are made of a pile of sticks and mud with an underwater door for safety. Their paddle-shaped tail acts like a rudder when they swim, it props them up when they sit on land, it stores fat for the winter, and is used to slap the water to warn other beavers of danger. Beavers are herbivores, meaning they eat plants. They don’t eat fish or other meat.

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