A beaver that may have packed on a little too much weight over the winter was saved by an animal services officer yesterday, after it was found stuck between the bars of a wrought-iron fence at a residence in lower Stoney Creek.

Animal services officer Sarah Mombourquette showed up at the home on Grays road around noon yesterday to find an adult beaver that was "carrying excess fat from a long winter," the city says, and wedged between the bars.

"Unfortunately for this beaver, his sharp incisors were not helpful in cutting through‎ the iron fence," a city news release reads.

"He landed, as the Canadian-ism goes, arse over teakettle through the fence onto a lower section of ground and couldn't pull his rear-end through with his tiny front paws."

'We believe that no beaver should be left behind.'
- Paola Pianegonda, city manager of animal services

Mombourquette was able to shimmy the beaver out of the tight situation by using soap as a lubricant.

Beavers are known to build their homes in Hamilton around areas like Cootes Paradise.

After the rescue, the beaver rested comfortably at a city animal shelter, the city says, before being transferred to the Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge in Jarvis, Ont. The beaver will be fully rehabilitated before being released back into the wild, the city says.

"Conservation efforts have led to a healthy beaver population and in honour of Canada 150, Hamilton Animal Services is thrilled to give this beaver a happy ending," said Paola Pianegonda, manager of animal services.

"We believe that no beaver should be left behind."


  • This story was amended to remove references to winter hibernation. Beavers are less active in the winter but do not hibernate.
    Apr 26, 2017 5:30 PM ET