Today, April 7th is International Beaver Day. Although not endangered, this small animal 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," the cute beaver workers 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 were so effective, that it was estimated each of the adorable animals completed work worth $300!

"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 beaver 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 baby animal is the one for you? Vote, or submit your own beaver babies below!

More info: beaversww.org | Wikipedia

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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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#2

Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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LouWow
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Cute Baby Beaver

Cute Baby Beaver

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Rupelyy
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#5

Meet 3 Adorable Baby Beavers

Meet 3 Adorable Baby Beavers

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#6

Smiling Baby Beaver

Smiling Baby Beaver

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Linda Roy
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe it's just me, but they kinda look like guinea pigs!

#7

Baby Beaver Christian

Baby Beaver Christian

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#8

So This Happened Today

So This Happened Today

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Id row
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd be smiling like that, too, if I got to hold an adorable baby beaver :)

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#10

Baby Beaver Bathing

Baby Beaver Bathing

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#12

So This Is What A Baby Beaver Looks Like

So This Is What A Baby Beaver Looks Like

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#13

Baby Beaver Buddies

Baby Beaver Buddies

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#14

Baby Beaver Looking Snuggle-Able

Baby Beaver Looking Snuggle-Able

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Mel LaVine
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So fuzzy - and adorable nose!

#15

My Uncle Rescued This Baby Beaver

My Uncle Rescued This Baby Beaver

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#19

One Of The Newborn Kits

One Of The Newborn Kits

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John Kreuter
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the one of the cutest in my opinion

#20

Mother And Baby Beavers

Mother And Baby Beavers

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#21

Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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LouWow
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The beavers seem to like hugs.

#22

Baby Beaver Playing With A Plush Bunny

Baby Beaver Playing With A Plush Bunny

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#23

Cute Baby Beaver

Cute Baby Beaver

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#24

Smiling Baby Beaver

Smiling Baby Beaver

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#25

Hi! I'm A Baby Beaver

Hi! I'm A Baby Beaver

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#26

Meet Timber

Meet Timber

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Id row
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They've got some serious nails.

#27

When You Thought The Aloha Safari Zoo Couldn't Get Any Cuter

When You Thought The Aloha Safari Zoo Couldn't Get Any Cuter

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#29

Baby Beaver Eating Wood

Baby Beaver Eating Wood

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PeterSchenckJr.
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beavers are endowed with their very own personal serving tray,

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#30

Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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#31

Meet Shiloh, The Newborn Baby Beaver At Zoomontana

Meet Shiloh, The Newborn Baby Beaver At Zoomontana

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