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