Jane, from Newhouse Wildlife Rescue, is a remarkable individual who rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals. Over the last four years, Jane and her team have saved and taken care of almost 1000 wild animals.
One of the animals they rescued was Nibi, a baby beaver found walking along a busy road when she was only about a week old. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, Jane and her team could not reunite Nibi with her beaver family, which is rare.
After waiting and hoping for a response from nearby beavers, they took Nibi in and cared for her for almost a year. Beavers are intelligent and active animals that require constant engagement, and Nibi is no exception.
The team has provided her with various forms of enrichment to keep her occupied and stimulated, including balls and soft toys that look like fish. Nibi is an active and playful baby beaver who loves to build dams. She is very particular about the sticks she uses and arranges them in a specific way.
She also separates her toys from her work materials. The beaver’s instincts for self-preservation drive them to build dams that raise the water table to help them escape predators. Nibi is slowly becoming an expert at this. Although not much is known about the rehabilitation of beavers, Jane has noticed Nibi exhibiting some behaviors that are unique to her. For example, she can distinguish dam-building tools from her favorite toys.
Nibi hops around when she’s excited, which only younger beavers do. Jane finds her very adorable and enjoys watching her. However, when something bothers Nibi, they can tell by her behavior. For instance, when Jane and her team change her rehab room, Nibi becomes upset and stops eating for an entire day.
Jane and her team have decided to release Nibi back into the wild when she is 2 or 3 years old, hoping she will live a happy life. The fact that Jane and her team have dedicated their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals like Nibi is genuinely remarkable.