Beaver camera ended transmission from Ura

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 16.10.2019 - 15:03

Final story and illustrations  Tiit
Estonian text posted 11.10.2019


The beaver camera that was installed in the Kilingi-Nõmme hunting grounds in Pärnumaa at the end of May has ended transmission.  

At the lodge in Ura two beavers were active until one of the animals was hit by a suddenly breaking tree. The tree fell so quickly and unexpectedly that the animal in the water could not escape the falling trunk. After this incident we have not managed to see two beavers at the same time in camera view. One animal was busy daily in camera view a week longer; in the following week it  was observed only a few times and after that disappeared completely.

Below a video reminder of the hit: 


Deer researcher Jüri Tõnisson gave as his opinion of the incident that the probability of  a human being hit by space debris is perhaps greater than that a falling tree might fall on a beaver’s head – who knows. 

In mid-June at midday a group of otters, two adults and three young ones,  caused some excitement. They played around in the beaver dam at full speed and enjoyed life. The otters returned a couple of times during the summer. 



The usual activities of the beaver in the Ura pond are shown in this video: 

PS: The new location of the camera will be in the forest of the Tallinn Zoological Gardens where a badger family lives of its own choice and completely freely. It is interesting whether the life rhythm of the city badgers might somehow differ from that of badgers living in a more natural environment .

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