We have welcomed an unexpected visitor after a beaver was found trapped under a car in Cliffsend, Kent.

Beaver in a dog carrier © RSPCAThe adult beaver was discovered sheltering from the bad weather under the vehicle by a member of the public on Thursday (February 20).

RSPCA Thanet centre manager Clive Martin was called to collect the large rodent in a dog crate before transporting him to the animal centre. An inspector subsequently took him on to Wildwood Trust for specialised care.

It is believed the beaver had strayed away from the nearby Ham Fen nature reserve near Sandwich where a colony of European beavers help to maintain and restore the rare fenland wildlife habitat.

Clive Martin said:

“It was quite a surprise to find a beaver, we don’t get any of them in to our centre.


“We think that in all the bad weather recently he got in to difficulties.


“He was fairly flat and listless when I picked him up. He is now being monitored at Wildwood and is making good progress.”

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