Beaver fells a tree right onto a passing yacht

Beaver fells a tree right onto a passing yacht

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Beaver fells a tree right onto a passing yacht

The beaver population is said to be making a comeback in Germany and across Europe, but at least one German couple were less-than thrilled about the development after what a beaver did to their yacht.

A beaver felled a 65-foot poplar tree that crash-landed on the couple’s yacht at the exact time it was passing by on the Müritz-Elbe waterway in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania.

The tree stopped the 32-foot yacht in its tracks, as shown in the photo provided by the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern water protection police.

“Fortunately, there was only property damage,” the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern water protection police reported Monday on Facebook. “Heavy equipment was brought in to free the boat and dispose of the tree.

“The offending beaver escaped undetected.”

A police spokeswoman told DW, “They were very lucky,” since the couple escaped injury by being below deck at the time of the incident.

“Luckily the yacht was made of metal, so it was able to continue on its journey,” the police spokeswoman told DW, adding that the yacht sustained thousands of dollars worth of damage.

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The beaver had been on the brink of extinction in Europe before its recent population boom. From DW:

“The Eurasian beaver, once widely distributed across Europe, was reduced to 1,200 individuals by the beginning of the 20th century due to over-exploitation for fur, meat and castoreum, as well as habitat loss,” according to a Zoological Society of London study.

The Elbe River in Germany was one of five areas across Europe where the Eurasian beaver managed to survive. Legal protections and conservation programs have helped rehabilitate beaver populations across the continent.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature currently places the once-endangered beaver population in Europe at more than 330,000.

Photos provided by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern water protection police.

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