I Know Beavers Are Important Ecosystem Engineers…

…but, based on the below specimen, I’m having a hard time believing it. You see, beavers can have massive effects on ecosystems:

Beavers are famously busy, and they turn their talents to reengineering the landscape as few other animals can. When sites are available, beavers burrow in the banks of rivers and lakes. But they also transform less suitable habitats by building dams. Felling and gnawing trees with their strong teeth and powerful jaws, they create massive log, branch, and mud structures to block streams and turn fields and forests into the large ponds that beavers love.

But this isn’t exactly a busy beaver, even if he is having lunch:

And deep in thought, planning its next construction project:

(Observed at the National Zoo, Washington, D.C.)

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