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Swedish beaver rescued after two days on rock

21 May 2012, 08:10

Published: 21 May 2012 08:10 GMT+02:00

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Gästrike County emergency crews were dispatched after reports from a concerned citizen about a beaver that had been sitting on the same rock in the Dala River near Älvkarleby for at least 48 hours.

The rock was located near a hydropower station, making it difficult for the animal to make its way safely back to land.

"It was very close to a turbine where there is a very strong current in the water," emergency worker Anders Bergström told the local Gefle Dagbladet (GD) newspaper.

According to Bergström, rescue workers used a net to hoist the beaver up and away from the danger posed by the rushing waters.

Bergström poked fun at the beached beaver's swimming abilities when answering a question about whether or not beavers can indeed swim.

"Obviously not this one," he told the TT news agency.

The beaver was then transported to the calmer waters of a nearby lake.

"It went well," Bergström told GD, emphasizing that while calls about rescuing a dog or a cat are fairly common, beaver calls are rather out of the ordinary.

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"As far as I know, this is the first time," he said.

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09:40 May 21, 2012 by OkieFromMuskogee
How do they know that the Beaver is Swedish? Did they check its papers?

And is it an "ethnic Swedish" Beaver?
09:49 May 21, 2012 by towns
@ OkieFromMuskogee (cool name by the way)

Of course the beaver is an ethnic Swede, don't you know that everything within the borders of Sweden is Swedish?

I remember a native Stockholmer once explained to me that the "Most beautiful sunset in the world was a Swedish sunset" the nicest beaches are also Swedish beaches and Swedish forests have the most delicious Swedish mushrooms growing in them.
16:02 May 21, 2012 by rise
Good to know that at least SOME living creatures still are getting help here. And I bet the beaver wasn't even the one calling the ambulance!
16:41 May 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
A beaver is a terrible thing to waste.
19:25 May 21, 2012 by sgt_doom
Best to interrogate Wikileaks' Julian Assange about this as evidently he was supposed to have experienced Swedish beaver. . . . . or was that CIA beaver. . . . . or was that Carl Bildt's paid-for beaver . . .?

So many questions. . . .
22:55 May 21, 2012 by Vermaldeehide
Any of you guys ever eaten beaver, is it gamey?
06:17 May 22, 2012 by Da Goat
I can't believe nobody shot at it ...then again it is not sporting to shoot a sitting Duck! If only the other sort of beaver would hang around on rocks like that!
23:16 May 23, 2012 by salalah
Anything for the beaver.....
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