A young Vancouver couple is making a big splash with their first child, probably because this Olympic Village family has webbed feet, and a big tail.
Park Board biologist Nick Page says a pair of beavers moved into Hinge Park last summer and have added another member to the family.
He says that while urban wildlife has been recovering in recent years, this birth is particularly exciting.
“Beavers I mean, they’re sort of this iconic animal for Canadians generally, they were part of the fur trade and part of colonial development of Canada, and now they’re returning to the city after their populations had been trapped and hunted out in many parts of B.C.”
Page also says beavers aren’t the only form of wildlife making its way back to the city.
“It’s been amazing how captivating not just beavers, but the urban wildlife in general is. You know, whales coming back to English bay, salmon returning to Still Creek in East Vancouver, the deer coming back to Stanley Park last year.”
He welcomes the public to visit the kit, but says visitors should stick to taking pictures and keep their distance.
For a close up look at Hinge Park’s beavers without having to visit the area, an Olympic Village Beaver Twitter account is currently active, though no photos of the baby have been posted as of yet.