October 25, 2011 Leave a comment
As of 2009, there were 30 beavers living in Berlin. One of them just crossed my path half a block from my apartment.
These furry aquaphiles have a history in Berlin:
Roughly 100 years ago, beavers were native in Berlin, but they were eventually hunted and killed to near-extinction for their fur or meat. In particular, beaver was a popular Easter dish. During Lent, the period of fasting prior to Easter, people were forbidden from eating meat. The church, however, had declared that beaver, because it lives in water, was not an animal but a fish, making them an attractive meal.
The fellow I just saw was no fish. But he did look tasty.