Am I writing a post about little wheels on furniture? Or about wheelie bags for air travel? Or the importance of roughage in the everyday diet?
Nope, I am attempting to avoid attracting the wrong sort of attention – castor is the French word for beaver and castor fiber is the Latin name for the Eurasian Beaver. ‘Nuff said on that topic.
When walking the dogs one morning, I spotted a tree stump that I hadn’t previously noticed. Whoever had been wielding the chainsaw was pretty messy, I thought. There were a lot of large chips around the roots and some strange marks on what was left of the trunk. Then I realised that the strange marks looked a lot like bite marks. A friend had told me that there had been beavers in the area years ago, but they had disappeared after a major flooding episode. I wonderered…
…so I took out my trusty iPhone and snapped a few shots.
Curious, when I got home, I googled “beaver tree damage.” This site has some pictures which you’ll see are very much like mine. It seems that beavers have returned to Céreste. I would dearly love to see one! I’ll keep watching!