Beaver Sighting

It’s Thursday. It looks like we have another beaver sighting! And this one knew exactly what he wanted…!

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Beaver Walks Into Bar, Stunning Patrons as It Heads Straight to Beer Garden

Customers were left stunned after a beaver walked into a bar in England before hiding beneath a smoking shelter in the beer garden.

Drinkers at the Yew Tree Pub in Norton Canes, a village in the Staffordshire region, were left scratching their heads when the large rodent wandered in around 8:45 p.m. Monday.

The unusual visitor scampered past shocked customers in the main bar and scooted to the smoking shelter outside where it then took cover behind some chairs.

Volunteers from a local wildlife sanctuary were called to the scene where they found the creature casually “lying on its back washing itself” in the beer garden.

It was eventually enticed into a cage before being checked over by a vet where it was found to be healthy.

Lindsay Newell, from Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue, then worked with Natural England and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to transfer it to a specialist center.

She said she didn’t believe the call at first and thought people had mistaken the beaver for an otter as they are rarely, if ever, found in the densely-populated Midlands areas.

Newell added: “We simply don’t get beavers around here so when we got the call we thought, ‘oh it must just be an otter.’

“We sometimes get people say they have a bird of prey and it turns out to be a wren or something – we just aren’t used to wildlife like this in the West Midlands.

“But when one of our volunteers got there, lo and behold there was a massive beaver just casually sitting in the beer garden underneath chairs in the smoking shelter.

“We were a bit surprised to hear it was a beaver as we’ve never seen one up close and were struggling to believe a beaver would actually walk into a pub.

“But it didn’t seem to mind being there at all. He was relaxing on his back and giving himself a wash.

“It is certainly the first time we have been called out to rescue a beaver. They have been reintroduced in other parts of Britain but no the West Midlands to my knowledge.

“Locals were joking that maybe he had been looking for a pint of Beavertown Neck Oil.

“Our volunteer Gareth found him outside under the chairs and managed to get him into the cage by tapping it with his shoe and he just ran into it.

“When he brought it into us, we were surprised about how big it was but it really was a beautiful creature to see up close.

“The size of it was surprising as you think beavers are small creatures, but it was very large, with big teeth and a defined tail.

“It was a such a nice and docile creature and just sat there eating leaves as we worked out the next step with it.

“We contacted Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the Environment Agency as we weren’t quite sure what to do with it as it had never happened before.

“Eventually, we found it was chipped and registered with Natural England and had escaped. But the owner doesn’t want any publicity so we can’t reveal where it came from.

“I don’t know what drink it wanted in the pub – but I’m just glad that it got out safely.”

South Wales Car Show

It’s Wednesday. One of my readers checked out a show called the Transport Festival in South Wales U.K. They advertised that over 70 vehicles representing a variety of different ages and backgrounds were in attendance. There was also a fair number of trader stalls and representation from local organizations. Sounds like a pretty good time to me! A huge thanks goes out to Rob for letting me share his photos from the show. You can check out all the cars in the gallery below!

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Keep, The 1965 Ariel leader was on the road again over the weekend, going to the Blaenavon Heritage railway transport show, South Wales U.K.. The Leader met its stripped down faster brother – an Ariel Arrow. There was a nice Trans Am for the shy retiring types and some quirky British cars. Pics attached in this and following emails. -Rob

Amateur Goodness

It’s Tuesday. The heat is back in the Chicago suburbs, but at least it has been cooling off dramatically at night. It would be perfect sleeping weather to open up the windows and let that cool night air in… if it wasn’t for the girlfriend insisting that the air conditioner stay on 24/7.

I’m watching the Nascar race from Indy last Sunday while writing this update and it’s nuts! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many spin-outs in a single race before! And I’m not even halfway through it!

Today I have a new amateur photo to share with all of you. It comes from a reader who, judging from this photo, is a damn lucky guy! Enjoy.

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Keep, this place of yours is always my first visit of the day. I’ve told you that before but this time I have a amateur photo (gf) to go with the praise! It’s great to have a place like this to call home. -Anonymous

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