April 4, 2009

MPs coax beaver back to Ottawa River

Two members of the Canadian Parliament say they returned to the wild a beaver they spotted on a busy downtown Ottawa street.

The Ottawa Citizen reported Saturday that Liberal Members of Parliament Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner took the furry creature back to the Ottawa River.

We're in the capital as MPs so we figured we had a duty here. We're looking for a bit of a thank you from the Ottawa MPs, Eyking was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Eyking and Cuzner share an apartment in downtown Ottawa. They said they were walking home Wednesday night when they spotted the beaver.

We were walking along and we see this large, furry thing ahead of us in the middle of the road, Eyking said. We thought it was a dog at first, but then I said to Rodger, 'I think it's a beaver.'

The lawmakers said they called 911, but were told rodent retrieval was the responsibility of animal control, not of emergency personnel.

While Cuzner kept an eye out for oncoming traffic, Eyking reportedly used a stick to herd the beaver along the hour-long walk to the Ottawa River, the newspaper reported.

Every once in a while, he'd turn around and let go a little growl, or whatever, and smack his tail on the pavement. I guess he was a little ticked off. But I kept him moving, Eyking said.