Eight years ago a female beaver named Pollux and her mate arrived at the maze of waterways at the Eco-Odyssée Park in Gatineau, Quebec. They dammed up one of the streams and built an enormous lodge and settled in. For six years they lived doing what beavers do: eating their favourite food, poplar trees, keeping their dam in good repair and building additional lodges.
Then tragedy struck. Pollux's mate was found floating in one of the streams one spring morning by Michel Leclair, the owner and operator of Eco-Odyssée, leaving Pollux and her daughter Boulotte alone in the lodge.
Happily two years ago, both mother and daughter found mates. A young male beaver named Peluche came into the area and teamed up with Boulotte. Some time later, Pollux was seen with a new mate - a much smaller beaver by the name of Castor. The new couples went to work and began to produce babies.
Last spring, Castor and Pollux had one kit - now named Amik. Peluche and Boulette also started a family - two yearlings that Michel has yet to give names to. Last summer the beaver family was also joined by an eighth member (as yet unnamed). And just one month ago, Peluche and Boulette welcomed a new set of triplets!
How does Michel tell the beavers apart? Castor & Pollux are larger, about 70 lbs whereas Peluche and Boulotte are about 50 lbs, then all the kids. Watch a video from Eco-Odyssée Park where they are all identified.