Injured beaver rescued near Victoria: police

Mounties near Victoria, B.C. had their hands full with an unusual rescue Tuesday morning.

The Westshore RCMP says it received a report of a beaver — not in its usual riverside home — but on Millstream Road near Bear Mountain Parkway in Langford.

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Police received the call at 6:14 a.m. and quickly made their way to the area. They found the female beaver distressed, shaking, and possibly injured in the middle of the road — it is suspected the beaver was hit by a car.

Mounties then reached out to the SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre to find the best route to follow, and they quickly learned the beaver needed medical help. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a snag in the plan, as the centre’s trained staff weren’t on shift yet to come and collect her.

“The officers made the decision to transport the beaver themselves, using a dog control snare and a tarp to safely move her into a police car,” the Westshore RCMP stated in a release.

As the beaver was understandably upset and uncomfortable, police say the two officers took great care in order to avoid causing any further injury — and avoiding a beaver bite.

“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

Both officers made it out of the situation without too many bites from this disgruntled beaver, and Mounties say the little creature is expected to make a full recovery at the SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

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