Beaver

This hard working animal is the emblem of Canada.
It is the largest rodent in North America. The adult can weigh up to 45 kg. Its forelimbs are delicate and agile whereas its hindlimbs are large and webbed. Its tail is used as a rudder when it swims, as a support when it walks and as a lever to carry logs.

Beavers can be observed swimming on the surface when they cross lakes.

Beavers have especially powerful incisors which they use to gnaw tree trunks. Once these trunks fall to the ground they feed on the bark and use them to build family dams. The lake formed by the dam becomes their territory and protects them from predators. They will build their hut where they will store branches as a food source for winter.

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