Today, April 7th, is International Beaver Day. Although not endangered, this shy creature plays an important role in maintaining local ecosystems. Sometimes referred to as nature's engineers, the benefits of having local beavers are many: their ponds "increase stream flows in seasonally dry streams by storing run-off in the rainy season", they help waterfowl "by creating increased areas of water," and they even help to restore streams! In fact, 600 beavers put to work by the US government in the 1930s to stop soil erosion by streams in Oregon where so effective, that it was estimated each beaver completed work worth $300!


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"Beaver dams restore wetlands, those 'rainforests of the North', rated as the land's best life support system", explains BWW. "Learning to coexist with beaver wetlands ensures that we continue to enjoy essential natural services, such as water cleansing. Nature's engineers can help combat climate change too. That's because their dams and wetlands hold water on the land, which decreases damage from both droughts and major floods--extreme weather events that are increasing with climate change. Plus, the lush plant life of marshy beaver wetlands absorbs much carbon dioxide, and draining these sites results in the release of carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas".

To celebrate International Beaver Day, Bored Panda has collected the cutest pictures of baby beavers around. Which one is the beaver for you? Vote, or submit your own baby beaver photos below!

More info: beaversww.org | Wikipedia

#1 This Is An Orphan Rescue Baby Beaver Who Had Lost Its Mommy

This Is An Orphan Rescue Baby Beaver Who Had Lost Its Mommy

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foxygamer233 5 months ago

I JUST WANT TO SQUISH HIM!!!!!!1

#2 Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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LouWow 5 months ago

I didn't realise their feet looked like that. Cute.

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#3 Cute Baby Beaver

Cute Baby Beaver

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Rupelyy 5 months ago

That looks like it plotting an evil plan to destroy the world;P

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#4 Three Beavers Chilling By The Water

Three Beavers Chilling By The Water

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bubamara 5 months ago

Most cute photo ever..........

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#5 Meet 3 Adorable Baby Beavers

Meet 3 Adorable Baby Beavers

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FAİKÇALTILI 5 months ago

perfect pictures.

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#6 Smiling Baby Beaver

Smiling Baby Beaver

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Debbie 5 months ago

Very cute!

#7 Baby Beaver Christian

Baby Beaver Christian

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JulsRobertson 5 months ago

Nice 'nails'!

#8 So This Happened Today

So This Happened Today

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foxygamer233 5 months ago

he looks like a bunny with one ear because of the red thing in the back!

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#9 Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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VirginiaGreenwood-Warner 5 months ago

Sooo precious!!!

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#10 Baby Beaver Bathing

Baby Beaver Bathing

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foxygamer233 5 months ago

This just made my day!

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