A Canadian Tail: Family rescues beaver from hole near the Nanaimo River

WatchDustin Buck rescued a trapped beaver near the Nanaimo River on Oct. 13, 2019.

It’s a Canadian story with a happy ending.

On Sunday, Jennifer Buck and her family went for a hike from the Mountainaire Campground and RV Park near Cassidy to the Nanaimo River at around 2 p.m. While on their hike, the family noticed people on the rocks who had placed some sticks down a hole. They were trying to get a beaver to climb out.

“He seemed pretty weak like he had been down there a few days with no food and likely wouldn’t have been able to climb out on its own,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer’s husband, Dustin, then climbed down the hole to see if he could rescue the animal. Dustin was able to lift the beaver out of the small space and Jennifer said it started to eat right after the rescue. It then swam away down the river.

“[A] very cool experience for all of us especially the kids, not every day they get a cool selfie with a Canadian icon!” Jennifer said. Her kids, Brookelyn and Kayleb, were in a picture where they are behind the beaver while it was wandering around after the rescue.

Buck estimates the hole was about 6 feet (1.8 metres) deep. She added that the Lewis family: Nigel, Ashley, Koen and Koiya, along with Roger Hodgkin, all assisted with the rescue.

Video and photos provided by Jennifer Buck. 



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