On a walk along the Madrona lakefront yesterday morning we saw a personal first in terms of neighborhood wildlife: a beaver swimming south right next to the concrete bulkhead. But we weren’t fast enough with the camera to get photographic proof.
But tonight on our evening walk we spotted it again: a rather large beaver swimming about 15 feet from the shore, this time headed north. (Perhaps a commute south for work in the morning and then back north home after a long day?)
This time we managed to get video proof, included above.
He didn’t seem phased by the large groups of people at the park on a warm, clear solstice evening. In fact, he passed right through the beach swimming area even though there were about a dozen kids and parents frolicking about in the water.
Some bystanders thought it was a nutria. But we’re very familiar with those vermin from our time at our grandparent’s lake house in Texas. This was much bigger, with little beaver ears, and a big flat beaver tail vs. the rat-like appendage of the imported invaders from South America.
Definitely a beaver.
Now we just need to give it an official name. Suggestions?