C’Mon Kits, We’re Moving Again!

19 Jul



Beaver. Accessed from Bite TV:

In 1975, the beaver became Canada’s official emblem.

“The beaver attained official status as an emblem of Canada when an “act to provide for the recognition of the beaver (castor canadensis) as a symbol of the sovereignty of Canada” received royal assent on March 24, 1975.

Today, thanks to conservation and silk hats, the beaver – the largest rodent in Canada – is alive and well all over the country.

The beavers are pretty clever.  They change their landscape to suit their needs.  They build a lodge with an underground entrance. It’s partly because it fends off predators like coyotes, foxes and wolves.  Also, by raising the water level, it doesn’t freeze in the winter.

When there isn’t enough room for the kits (that’s a baby beaver) anymore, or they run out of nearby food, they just move on and build another lodge.

The fact that they can hold their breath for up to 15 minutes is a reason why they can make their entrances underwater.  They have huge lung capacities.  Also, they can divert blood, hence its oxygen, from its paws to its brain.

A beaver will down, on average, 200 trees a year.  Using their tails for balance, they get on their hind legs and use their teeth to break the trunk.

Did you know beavers’ teeth are orange?  Apparently that’s because of the high content of iron that makes up the hard enamel.

A comment this post has produced came from Lone Grey Squirrel (You would find the blog very entertaining, by the way) asked about a debate in Canada about making the polar bear our national symbol. I had forgotten about that. In 2011, Sen. Nicole Eaton suggested this very notion. Well, a flood of debates and opinions came out of that. Nothing ever came of it, but many Canadians had voiced their opinion. There are two good articles about this. The first is from Macleans Magazine, and the second one is quite amusing is at the National Post.


Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Animals, Fact of the Day


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35 responses to “C’Mon Kits, We’re Moving Again!

  1. Mark Armstrong

    August 13, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    200 trees a year– yow! And I never saw a beaver using a chainsaw, either. None o’ that sissy stuff for them!! I never knew a beaver could stay underwater for 15 minutes– remarkable! A very enjoyable and informative post, TK– many thanks!

    P.S. I sometimes have orange teeth. Usually after eating a bag of cheese curls… : )

    • tkmorin

      August 13, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks, Mark! Much appreciated. And you’re right about orange teeth! LOL. 🙂

  2. The Canadian Cats

    August 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    A A most informative post and I for one appreciated it. Yes, even around here in Northern Central BC, the beaver is treated as a nuisance by the local government. Can one blame them? Any parks near water need to have chicken wire around the first 5 feet of trunk, This alone costs some money. However, while walking the cats we came across 2 beavers swimming with sticks in their mouths. The cats never saw them and the beavers were cautious but continued on their way. Not beautiful animals but it was quite hypnotic watching them swim by. I also never realized the beaver was not adopted as Canada’s official symbol until 1975.

    Jean and girls

    • tkmorin

      August 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks for dropping and commenting! I’ve never seen one up close, but have watched many videos of them. They really glide wihtout making much noise, eh? They must, I assume, since your cats were not alerted. Impressive. And yes, there are many legitimate reasons to not liking what they do. I guess I understand the love-hate relationships we have with them. 🙂

  3. seaangel4444

    July 24, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Orange teeth! How about that! I was walking beside a river once, and all of a sudden I heard this huge, “THUD”. Turns out it was a beaver slamming is tail on the water! Trying to get my attention to hurry it along and get out of his area? *LOL* Great post as always my dear!! Cher xo

    • tkmorin

      July 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Apparently they are very adept at scaring a lot of foes away. Must have you until you realised what made the noise, eh? LOL. 🙂

      • seaangel4444

        July 24, 2014 at 9:35 am

        I bloody well jumped!!! It was REALLY loud!!! If only he had known I was a friend and not a foe! *grin* Cher xo

  4. L. Marie

    July 23, 2014 at 8:01 am

    With a tree-felling record like that, beavers should be hired as lumberjacks.
    I hope they’re not becoming a pest.

    • tkmorin

      July 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

      They are, though. There’s always a debate going on about who can, and what can, be done about it. So far, the beaver are winning! 🙂

  5. Jacqui Murray

    July 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    That was fascinating. Thanks.

  6. Maurice A. Barry

    July 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

    People often view them as a nuisance. Those same people need to be reminded who was here first 🙂

  7. Joanne

    July 21, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Great post – I had NO idea that these little critters were so “multi-skilled” – I SO want to see one! 🙂

    • tkmorin

      July 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. There are a few good videos on YouTube. 🙂

  8. Lone Grey Squirrel

    July 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I remember a year or two ago, some debate about getting a new mascot for Canada, specifically, the polar bear. What happened to that? Personally, I think the beaver is great.

    • tkmorin

      July 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      I had totally forgotten about that! There was quite a lot of talk about it at the time. Thank you for reminding me. I’ve added two links to go visit on that subject. I hope you find it interesting, and thanks again! 🙂

  9. David

    July 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    We have a beaver on the back of our state flag!

  10. jpkenna

    July 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    When I worked for the track department of the BNSF Railway, the beavers would continually plug a culvert north of Bellingham, Washington state, raising the water level in an adjacent swamp and threatening to undermine the roadbed. No matter how many times we cleared the culvert of woody debris (sometimes several times a week), they would always be back, undoing our efforts as regularly as we undid theirs.
    Perhaps if they caused a wreck and derailed some explosive tank car loads of Bakken crude oil, which now traverse that track, they would get the hint. Though hopefully it will never come to that.

    • tkmorin

      July 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      It came to my mind that you and the beavers were playing a game of chicken. I mean, at one point, he would have to quit and go somewhere else, eh? But, yes, their homes do wreck havoc!

      • jpkenna

        July 22, 2014 at 2:58 am

        Among other beaver traits, I would add persistence.

        • tkmorin

          July 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

          Oh definitely!!

  11. hairballexpress

    July 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Fascinating! I never knew those things about beavers…great post! *(trills)*

    • tkmorin

      July 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      LOL. Thank you! I find them interesting. 🙂

  12. seeker

    July 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    That’s a load full of trees for one beavs. The forest industry should hire them as loggers. This is a fun post to read, Tk.

    • tkmorin

      July 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      LOL. Thanks, P! 🙂

  13. weggieboy

    July 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I’m surprised the recognition came so recently! I guess it was used informally throughout the years until someone thought, “Maybe we should make it official!”

    An interesting post, as always, TK!

    • tkmorin

      July 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you. Beaver pelts have been a staple here for a few hundreds years, what with Hudson’s Bay Company. So I think most of us thought it was.

      • weggieboy

        July 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

        Actually, it was a big part of my region’s history, too, and there is a credible effort to preserve and document that history at a museum an hour’s drive away from me:

        Many Native Americans around here have French surnames, courtesy of French fur trappers back in the early 1800s, and the name of the town where the Museum of the Fur Trade is got its name from one such fellow: Louis Chartran, who was French-Indian.,_Nebraska#History

        • tkmorin

          July 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

          Cool! Thank you. I’m going to check the out. 🙂

        • tkmorin

          July 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

          I like the O’Linn story. I’m visualizing the whole population packing up and leaving!

          The are two great links. Thank you! I’ve bookmarked them to read tomorrow. 🙂

  14. andy1076

    July 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    They are mischievous too, plugging up waterlines and rivers, sneaky buggers lol


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