The baby beaver scurried back and forth between the shower stall and the doorframe. Between his teeth was a mop.
Then came a bucket and some other household items, creating a makeshift dam-like structure in the doorway. He was intent on his task, spending quite a long time constructing and tweaking the arrangement of the items.
His human “mom” was exasperated but understanding. You see, “Beave” is a rescued baby beaver. The rehabber is encouraging him to perform his instinctive tasks, even if it blockades her bathroom.
I encountered Beave and his mom on TikTok. The other people in the comments suggested that she give him building blocks, to see whether his construction would be more solid.
No, Beave wasn’t interested. Instead, he continued bringing household items from all around the home, building a beautifully messy “dam” made of buckets, toys, shoes, and anything else within baby beaver-reach.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
There’s not even any water.
What can you do today, with the resources at your command?
If you’d like to obsess about Beave with me, you can find him @beaverbabyfurrylove on TikTok, or on their channel on YouTube: Raising the Wild.