A baby beaver, orphaned and in need of serious help, is on the mend in Oklahoma.
The 3-week-old beaver was found by some oil rig workers in Chickasha who spotted two adult beavers dead on the side of the road.
“They were compassionate enough to stop and make sure that the animals really were deceased, and they found the baby with them,” says Rondi Large of WildCare Oklahoma.
Large said he wouldn’t have made it through the night if it weren’t for the men.
Now at WildCare in Noble, he’s been bottle-fed formulated beaver milk for about a week.
“It’s very high in fat, which is why beavers are waistline-challenged,” Large says. “If you look at that baby, he does not have a belt line.”
He’s also on medication for respiratory issues, caused when his mother took him from his lodge, likely because it had been destroyed or bulldozed. She said little guys like him are simply too buoyant to get out or under water on their own.