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These Adorable Baby Beavers Will Melt Your Dam Heart

The rescue centre placed the kits in an incubator, and now bottle feeds them several times a day.

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A few weeks ago a group of hunters walked into the Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, and dropped off four tiny beaver kits who were badly in need of help.

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre

"The kits were in critical condition as they were cold, weak and hungry," Megan Lawrence, the director of rehabilitation for Salthaven, told BuzzFeed Canada. "They were only about two days old upon admission and their umbilical cords were still attached."

The hunters had been in the woods near Fort Qu'Appelle when they came upon a trap with a female beaver in it. The hunters knew her babies would not be able to survive on their own. So they scooped them up and drove to Salthaven in the hope that Lawrence's team could save the little ones.

"We placed them in an incubator right away to raise their body temperature and then administered electrolyte fluids for rehydration," Lawrence said, adding that the kits are now in great shape.

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre

"These are the first beaver kits that we have had here at Salthaven West!" Lawrence said. "However, it is not rare for beavers and beaver kits to be admitted to wildlife rehab centres for various reasons."

"Beaver kits are fairly social with each other so they spend a lot of time wrestling with each other when they're not sleeping," she said. Beaver wrestling!

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre / Via Facebook: SalthavenWest

"We are also introducing them to water and now that they are approximately two weeks old they can go for short supervised swims as this is the age that they would naturally begin swimming with their parents."

She said they will stay at the centre until they are two years old, as that's the natural age when beavers "venture out to establish their own territory and find a mate."

"Did you know that beavers mate for life?" she said, reminding us all that beavers are majestic monogamous creatures from the magical land of Canada.

Craig Silverman is Media Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

Contact Craig Silverman at craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com.

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