Beaver rescued from Tempe Town Lake doing better

He's still pretty groggy, but the beaver rescued from Tempe Town Lake is doing much better. Beavers are typically pretty feisty, but when this guy was caught Wednesday morning he went without a fight. For a wild animal to be acting like that, it is usually a sign that something isn't right.

Veterinarians at Southwest Wildlife examined the 45 pound beaver yesterday. Aside from a small lesion on his foot he appears to be in pretty good shape.

"They did the blood work and fecal exams, and a general exam, and we just have to wait for the results now," said Kim Carr with Southwest Wildlife.

On Monday, Jane Ipollito and her mother called in the beaver sighting to Arizona Game & Fish. At the time he appeared to be trapped, surrounded by construction equipment at the base of the new Tempe Town Lake dam which is being built.

"I am very happy to hear that the beaver is ok," said Jane Ipollito.

But her sighting wasn't the first. On Twitter one user saw the beaver on the pavement back on January 7t, and posted photos of it moving along a wall next to the lake. He wasn't moving much when they found him this week.

This past summer the facility helped nurse a small beaver back to health.

Officials at Southwest Wildlife plan to continue nursing the beaver back to health. Once he's doing better they plan to release him in a much better environment in about a month.
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