Published On: Tue, Jul 13th, 2021
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Baby Beaver Born on Exmoor for First Time in 400 Years, Says National Truston July 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm

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Camera footage has captured shots of the first baby beaver to be born on Exmoor for 400 years, the National Trust said. The youngster, known as a kit, was caught on film at the conservation charity’s Holnicote Estate in Somerset, where beavers were introduced to an enclosure in January 2020. The once-native semi-aquatic mammals are making a return to Britain after being hunted to extinction for their fur, glands, and meat in the 16th century. They are seen as nature engineers who restore wetland habitats through dam-building and felling trees, slowing, storing, and filtering water in the landscape, which attracts other wildlife and reduces flooding downstream. The trust said the 2.7 hectare (6.7 acre) enclosure the beavers have been released in has been transformed from unmanaged woodland to a more open wetland attracting more wildlife, in just 18 months. Now footage shows the beavers have successfully bred, with images from …

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