"First Wild Beaver In Wales In Years Caught Felling Trees In Garden"

"Pembrokeshire couple intrigued to discover what was causing damage catches culprit on stealth camera".

"Creeping through the darkness, the midnight vandal fells yet another tree with “machete-like” skill.

On a hidden camera planted in their garden, a couple whose trees disappeared from their garden “overnight” have unmasked the unlikely culprit: the first wild beaver spotted in Wales in years.

The discovery has baffled wildlife experts because Wales’s wild beaver population is virtually nonexistent. A small number in colonies several miles away are all accounted for.

The couple, who want to remain anonymous to protect the animal’s location, said: “Some of our trees began to go missing overnight and others were simply being mauled. It looked like someone was hitting them with a machete."

Josh Halliday reports for the Guardian April 12, 2023.

Source: Guardian, 04/13/2023