The other night as I was traveling on 9N from Upper Jay to Jay, my friends and I witnessed a large branch being dragged across the road and was sucked into the guard rail. Even though we could not see the animal, I knew I needed to slow down. When we finally saw that it was a big, brown waddling animal, I turned the car around.
We got out of the vehicle and watched the beaver slip into the water with the branch.
From the edge of the guard rail, we looked down into the river and became mesmerized by this creature circling the water and acting like a log floating in the Ausable.
Do you see the beaver just above the rock?
Just before dark, he swam over to his branch and grabbed a bunch of leaves and then pulled himself up onto a rock to eat his dinner. In the half hour that we watched, we named him Benny the Beaver.
I am so glad that I pressed down on my brakes for this beaver because if I can't shake the sound of the crow hitting my car, I can imagine that the 2nd grade girl that was riding with me would have been scarred for life if we had hit Benny.