A truly Canadian emergency was wrapped up safely on the streets of Langford earlier this week.
The West Shore RCMP are crediting officers with rescuing an injured beaver from a busy road on Tuesday morning.
Mounties were called to Millstream Road near Bear Mountain Parkway around 6:15 a.m. for a report of a beaver on the street.
Police were told that the beaver was alive but seemingly injured and that it wasn’t moving out of the way of cars.
Officers located the beaver on the road, which was “very distressed” and shaking, and discovered it seemed to be unable to walk.
Mounties suspect the beaver, which was later determined to be an adolescent female, was hit by a car.
The RCMP called animal control and the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) to ask for advice.
Police were told that the beaver was in need of medical assistance, but since it was early in the morning, no one was available yet to collect the animal.
That’s when Mounties decided to rescue the beaver themselves, and by using a tarp and dog control snare, they were able to move the panicked critter into a police car.
“The beaver was quite upset so great care had to be taken to both avoid causing her any further injury, and also to keep her from biting the officers,” said RCMP in a release Tuesday.
The beaver was then taken to Wild ARC, where staff were ready to look after the animal.
The West Shore RCMP say Wild ARC staff believe the beaver will make a full recovery and is in good spirits.
“These officers took it upon themselves to go above and beyond and ensure that the beaver received the best possible chance at survival,” said Const. Andrew Matheson, West Shore RCMP media relations officer.