Thomas Ramey Watson

Single Dad Beaver

Beaver dads are often among the best in the animal kingdom, but one beaver widower who lost his long-time mate merits special attention.

“Dad,” who lives in a Martinez, Calif. beaver colony, was suddenly left with three young kits to care for when his devoted partner died of an infection. They had previously raised 12 other kits together.

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Their fears were understandable. Dad could only do so much in a day. He not only built the family home (his clan’s lodge), but he also regularly repairs it. This is in addition to building dams, gathering food and other time-consuming duties.

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