Pudge The Beaver

While in Virginia, I met the newest addition to Schmenky’s animal family.

Mrs. Schmenkman is a certified beaver rescuer/rehabilitator. Well, that’s probably not what her title is. She should just be called a certified beaver foster mama. This is the third time Schmenky and her husband Mr. C have fostered a beaver baby. The first one was Jerry Mathers, and the second was Paddy. This newbie is Pudge.


For the moment, he divides his time between his enclosed cage, and this makeshift pond/garden tub in their master bathroom. Schmenky brings yummy treats that he enjoys.


Beaver accoutrements: rodent chow and a scale.


For the time being, he is enjoying a beaver smoothie with formula and who knows what else. Well, Schmenky knows what else, but I don’t. It’s very green, that I DO know.


That Mama loves her baby.


They like to snuggle.


Both enjoying their smoothie of choice.


They also have a pond out back for him to swim in. This was his favorite hangout.


But unlike Paddy, who never left Schmenky’s side, this little stinker spends quite a bit of time trying to escape!


Up and over!


Mr. C had to hustle behind the chicken coop to catch him before he snuck under the fence and headed into the horse pasture next door.


Where does he think he is going? Doesn’t he know how good he has it?


Mr. C was giving him a talking to.


He was all splayed toes,wet fur, mulch, grass and leaves. Naughty Pudge. Cam looks like a typical Dad when their child does a dumb thing. Torn between sternness and wanting to laugh.


Ward, I’m worried about the beaver.

I predict there will be a new something something added to the beaver pond to make it more secure. Soon.


And there was, she talked about it here yesterday.

Mother and Son.


Raising a baby beaver is a two year commitment. They have to be loved on that long before they can be released into the wild. It is the beaver way. He has come to the right place for that.



  1. caprilis said,

    June 6, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    We got the enclosure finished yesterday… just have to hook up the chew proof filter and we’ll be set!

  2. Nan C said,

    June 6, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    🙂 Thanks for widening my knowledge of beavers. (Not to be confused with Beeve.)

  3. Marlene said,

    June 6, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    What a great science lesson and rescue! He is so cute!

  4. Cindy Stratton said,

    June 6, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    I didn’t realize beavers are so cute and that they have webbed feet – your friends are fantastic for taking on that kind of commitment.

  5. warren said,

    June 6, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    It’s the beaver way…awesome!

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