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Nacho the 'feisty' beaver released back into the wild (4 photos)

Nacho was found wandering around a Lower Sackville parking lot in early March
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An injured beaver found wandering around a Lower Sackville parking lot in early March has been released back into the wild.

RCMP were called to Sackville Dr. on March 1 where Cst. Kelsea Schofield was able to get the beaver into a bin and keep it safe until Hope for Wildlife arrived.

The wildlife rehabilitation group's founder, Hope Swinimer, suspects the rodent --named Nacho by staff -- may have been hit by a car.

"In some cases they're really hard to diagnose, but we did complete X-rays and blood work," she told HalifaxToday.ca. "There was definitely some head trauma and sometimes those cases need a bit of time to heal and get better."

However she said his personality led staff to quickly believe Nacho would make a full recovery.

"Nacho was unique. He was feisty and a handful from the minute he came in so we had to be very careful," she explained. "Beavers can be aggressive and a bit dangerous for people who aren't comfortable handling them."

"They're a lot of work. They need fresh water every day, they can't be exposed to the really bitter cold. It's a lot of work to clean them and keep them healthy."

She said staff at the organization are very busy this spring caring for a record number of beavers, including one with a broken pelvis.

"That's a really difficult case, we're giving her time to heal and we're really hoping all will go well there," she said. "A couple are just too young to get back out to the wild. They need to be about a year-and-a-half old before they get released back."

According to an RCMP Facebook post, on Monday, Cst. Schofield visited Hope for Wildlife and met those who nursed Nacho back to health.

That afternoon she was able to help take him to his new home in the Fall River area.




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