On June 15th of 2019 we got a call from a game warden asking if we were willing to take on a beaver or should they just "dispatch" it. Of course, we told the warden that we would definitely take it and the heard the story from the gentleman.
He found him on Route 4 in Auburn which is a busy, main street. He tried to place him near the wooded area repeatedly but he kept going back towards the road. We assume it was the last place he saw mom.
We contacted the warden later, trying to figure out if there were more babies, left orphaned, trying to locate the dam this baby came from. It was assumed it may have been destroyed by DMV if it was potentially going to effect the road with flooding.
Bonding is a big part of raising a beaver. Unlike most wild animals, beavers actually NEED nurturing and interacting with a family unit. He even had his pictures professionally taken at a dog festival when he was a baby.
Little known fact is that beavers HAVE TO SWIM in order to go to the bathroom. So even at a very young age they need to be put in water 5-7 times a day to go potty!
The whole Misfits Crew fell in love with Wally pretty quickly. He was so lively and fun and had so many antics to his personality. Very vocal and playful and had a very determined mindset when he wanted to do something rather we wanted him to or not!
By only 8 months old he was starting to make wonderful dams, learning how to stack and maneuver stick and use hay to fill in gaps.
He was so cute, even when sleeping.
Just because it snows, does not mean beavers hibernate. They do make a great cache of sticks under their dam for the winter but they are still pretty active, often breaking through the ice to get more food or just out to get exercise. He loved to play in the snow!
At one point his injured his wrist
He broke a tooth and we were worries it died at the root but it was fine after it grew out.
Wally started having seizures and ended up going to 3 different vets trying to find out why. By the time we found out it was raccoon roundworms in his brain, he was no longer releasable. He would not get better. So we asked DEW Haven to take him on and they agreed and got the paperwork to keep him but sadly the seizures got worse over time and their vet recommended ending his suffering before it got any worse. January 2021 we said Good Bye to our beloved Wally. He will be greatly missed.