Beavers are large, brown animals with broad tails, tiny black eyes, and curved front teeth. They are notably much larger and stronger than cats, and they can chew apart wood and swim easily in water.
- Beavers are mostly aquatic animals and are also the largest animal from the rodent group in North America. Unlike other animals, male and female beavers weigh about the same amount, their mass ranging from 13 to 32 kg (28.6 to 70.4 lbs). Their length is also relatively the same, varying from 0.9m to 1.1 m (35.43 to 46.06 in).
- One of the most notable features of the beaver is the size of the skull and the teeth. These are both disproportionately large, but contribute greatly to the main job of the beaver: cutting wood. The upper incisors of the beaver are bright orange, and are at least 5 mm wide and 20-25 mm long, though they can be greater. These teeth grow throughout the beaver's lifetime, as they are constantly being worn down by the cutting of wood. It has twenty teeth in total. When a new beaver is born, it is about 38 cm long and 250 to 600 grams. The average life cycle of a beaver varies from 10 to 20 years, though predators or disease can make it even less.
- The most distinguishing characteristic of a beaver is usually the broad, flat tail. This extraordinary tail can grow to 10 inches or longer, and can be 3/4 inches thick. It is covered in scales for hardness and helps the beaver slap its tail in the water or steady itself when cutting down trees. The beaver also has a waterproof skin, rich and glossy to help it repel water. The color can be reddish brown or blackish brown. Beavers also have hairs underneath that are much finer and help it keep warm in cold conditions. They also have longer hind legs than front legs, helping in swimming. Their toes are also webbed, another useful adaptation for swimming. Its toes end in claws, helping the beaver comb its fur.
- Beavers are social creatures, and live in groups called colonies.. They are generally non-aggressive creatures, but are hostile when their colonies are attacked or threatened, having been known to attack dogs, foxes, cats, and humans to protect their territories and colonies.
Relation to Clan cats
- Beavers are generally non-aggressive, but are hostile if attacked. Their instinct of cutting wood to build dams can harm the Clan cats by cutting off their water supply. They do not block the water for malicious intents, but for their own reasons: to house their family and have a source of water for themselves.. They also protect their colonies, and fight to save them. They are also excellent fighters in the water, and will fight to the death if necessary.
In the Omen of the Stars arc
- Dovepaw mentions beavers to be the reason the stream has dried up, confusing her Clanmates. She tries to explain herself, but the warriors brush it off as something made up and dismiss the idea, leaving the young cat frustrated.
- At the next Gathering, Firestar brings the suggestion to send a patrol upstream to see if something is blocking the water. The idea is met by some caution by the gathered cats and scrutiny by Leopardstar, but the decision is made to send a patrol consisting of two cats from each Clan to find the water.
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Notes and references
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, pages 69-70
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, pages 218-219
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 77
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 70
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 216
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- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Information retrieved from library.thinkquest.org
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- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 227
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 223
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 217
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 230
- ↑ Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 218
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