Eager beaver swims from Marcy's lock 20, to freedom

This beaver "tale" has a happy ending. Earlier this week, a beaver became trapped in the Erie Canal at lock 20, in Marcy.

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 9:25 AM

This beaver "tale" has a happy ending.

Earlier this week, a beaver became trapped in the Erie Canal at lock 20, in Marcy. People watched, some throwing food, as the portly rodent swam back and forth, basking in the sun, occasionally stopping to rest on a perch in the lock walls. When she slammed her powerful tail in the water, it sounded like a small explosion.

But wildlife rehabilitators feared she would starve to death. The water depth and vertical walls hampered rescue efforts. The rehabilitators made calls to various state agencies. The end result: employees with the NYS Canal Corporation came to the lock late Tuesday afternoon, and opened it just long enough for the eager beaver to swim past its open walls, to freedom, and the company of her mate, who wildlife rehabilitators had seen swimming outside the walls, anxiously awaiting her return.

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