‘Exhausted’ mud-caked beaver rescued from water treatment plant at last minute

A beaver was rescued after becoming trapped in a stormwater treatment facility in Florida.

Wildlife rescuers Brian Weinstein, from St Francis Wildlife Association, and volunteer Larry Folsom used a long catchpole to lift the 20lb disorientated animal to safety on Tuesday 26.

The animal welfare association said: "The beaver is exhausted after its ordeal but resting comfortably.

"It will be released in safe beaver habitat on Upper Lake Lafayette when it regains its strength and fur quality with the natural oils that provide water resistance."

The local fire department was called to the rescue, alongside animal control officers.

Once rescued, the beaver was transported to the St Francis Wildlife Association rehabilitation centre in Quincy, Florida.

The non-profit organisation cares for more than 3,000 injured, orphaned and sick native animals from northern Florida every year.

At the centre, the small adult beaver was examined and given a bath in washing up liquid to clean off the acidic pond water.

It was given eye drops and had its lacerations treated.

The news comes on the same day that scientists have finally cracked the mystery of why wombats produce cube-shaped poo.

The unusual waste matter starts life within the final 17 percent of the intestine – not when the animal squeezes it out as first thought.

And they reckon it's because wombats are talking with their poo.

Dr Scott Carver, one of the authors of the research paper, made the discovery accidentally when he dissected a wombat several years ago.

The doctor thinks the poo could be cube-shaped because of their desire to not want it to roll away.

He believes the animals don't want to roll it away because they communicate through their faeces.

The research was published in aptly-named scientific journal Soft Matter.

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