Lunchtime Photo

When I was at the zoo last month, the beaver in the beaver tank was swimming right up front where I had a lovely view of him. Back and forth, back and forth. As near as I could tell, the way he figured out that it was time to turn around was to bump into the wall. This happened over and over. I’m guessing that aside from all the dam building stuff, beavers aren’t really very bright, are they?

April 6, 2019 — OC Zoo, Orange County, California
April 6, 2019 — OC Zoo, Orange County, California

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