A family of wild beavers has been seen in the England countryside in what is believed to be the first sighting of its kind in up to 500 years. Three European beavers (Castor fiber), believed to be adults, have been filmed together on the River Otter in east Devon and can be seen gnawing at the base of trees, grooming themselves and playing together.  Experts said the sighting was “highly significant” as it strongly suggested a small breeding population of beavers now existed outside captivity.

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