Friday, February 23, 2007

Return of the Beavers

"Beavers return to New York City after 200 years

NEW YORK (AP) -- Beavers grace New York City's official seal. But the industrious rodents have not been seen in the flesh here for as many as 200 years -- until this week.

Biologists videotaped a beaver swimming up the Bronx River on Wednesday. Its twig-and-mud lodge had been spotted earlier on the river bank, but the tape confirmed the presence of the animal itself.

"It had to happen because beaver populations are expanding, and their habitats are shrinking," said Dietland Muller-Schwarze, a beaver expert at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. "We're probably going to see more of them in the future." "

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Randy said...

I don't find this all that newsworthy. Must be a slow news day at CNN.

Now if biologists had videotaped Jerry Mathers swimming up the Bronx River to his twig-and-mud lodge, I'd be glued to the TV.

At least give me a sound bite of Tony Dow gnawing on a log. Something...

Pat said...

It could be a scout in front of a full on invasion.....think about it. For 200 years they waited for us to divert our attention to the Middle East then they strike!!

Randy said...

Or it could be a savvy investment move by beavers to stake their real-estate claim in the Bronx before the new Yankee Stadium opens in 2009. With a projected $1.3 billion being poured into the new ballpark's construction, the revitalized Bronx will enjoy a spike in property values -- and well-entrenched beavers along the Bronx River will ride a wave of green that flows right to Easy Street.

Beavers possess excellent business acumen.