We’ve had a handful of incidents of beaver attacks around the world in the past few years. I’m not clear if this type of event just never got reported or if, for some unknown reason, there is an actual increase in people-beaver encounters that end badly.
Sofie Adde from the Gröndal neighbourhood of Stockholm was enjoying her first swim of the summer in the Mälaren Lake when the beaver pounced.
“I went out for a quiet dip and had swum out a few meters when I noticed something underneath the water. Next thing I felt a pain in my thigh and up came the head of the beaver,” Adde, 40, told The Local.
She had to have stitches and a tetanus shot from the bite. The beaver was left to his own. It appears she was just in the wrong place and the beaver took offense to the intrusion. It’s a reminder that wild animals were here first. There is no worldwide revenge of the beavers (quit laughing, everyone), just people going into new areas. Rabies, however, is a concern.