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!

"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 2 years ago

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

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#2 Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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LouWow 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

perfect pictures.

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#6 Smiling Baby Beaver

Smiling Baby Beaver

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Debbie 2 years ago

Very cute!

#7 Baby Beaver Christian

Baby Beaver Christian

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JulsRobertson 2 years ago

Nice 'nails'!

#8 So This Happened Today

So This Happened Today

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foxygamer233 2 years 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 2 years ago

Sooo precious!!!

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#10 Baby Beaver Bathing

Baby Beaver Bathing

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foxygamer233 2 years ago

This just made my day!

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#11 Three-Month-Old Beaver Momo

Three-Month-Old Beaver Momo

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zoozw 2 years ago

hi

#12 So This Is What A Baby Beaver Looks Like

So This Is What A Baby Beaver Looks Like

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JudyMeooow 2 years ago

I'm in love

#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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#15 My Uncle Rescued This Baby Beaver

My Uncle Rescued This Baby Beaver

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#16 Meet Baby Buttons

Meet Baby Buttons

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#17 Cute Baby Beaver

Cute Baby Beaver

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JoyceDeering 2 years ago

He makes a stunning and very warm hat! Adorable.

#18 Justin The Baby Beaver

Justin The Baby Beaver

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#19 One Of The Newborn Kits

One Of The Newborn Kits

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#20 Mother And Baby Beavers

Mother And Baby Beavers

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#21 Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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LouWow 2 years ago

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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JudyMeooow 2 years ago

Hi!!!

#26 Meet Timber

Meet Timber

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#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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#28 Snuggles

Snuggles

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JudyMeooow 2 years ago

Awwwwwwww

#29 Baby Beaver Eating Wood

Baby Beaver Eating Wood

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PeterSchenckJr. 2 years ago

Beavers are endowed with their very own personal serving tray,

#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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#32 Three-month-old Beaver Momo Swims In The Pool Of The Wild Animal Facility In Klein

Three-month-old Beaver Momo Swims In The Pool Of The Wild Animal Facility In Klein

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Lane Weaver 3 weeks ago

SO FREAKING CUTE!!!!!!!!!!

#33 Meet Our Latest Addition Peanut! Hes About A Week Old

Meet Our Latest Addition Peanut! Hes About A Week Old

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#34 Best Looking Game Keeper Around

Best Looking Game Keeper Around

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#35 Baby Beaver At Discovery Wildlife Park

Baby Beaver At Discovery Wildlife Park

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#36 My Friend Has Rescued A Baby Beaver

My Friend Has Rescued A Baby Beaver

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#37 Met This Little Guy On The River Yesterday

Met This Little Guy On The River Yesterday

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#38 The Cutest Thing I Ve Ever Seen

The Cutest Thing I Ve Ever Seen

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#39 Buttons Enjoying A Snack

Buttons Enjoying A Snack

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LouWow 2 years ago

His expression is like he got caught stealing.

#40 Beavis Beaver

Beavis Beaver

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#41 Baby Beaver

Baby Beaver

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#42 Wildwood's New Baby Beaver Is First In Line For Welsh Reintroduction

Wildwood's New Baby Beaver Is First In Line For Welsh Reintroduction

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#43 Wat A Nise Beeva

Wat A Nise Beeva

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