He doesn’t have a card to borrow books, but South Whatcom Library has welcomed their unusual visitor.
A lumbering old beaver has been been gnawing away at a tree outside the Whatcom County Library System branch in Sudden Valley, said branch manager Lizz Roberts.
“People have been just going crazy out there and watching,” Roberts said.
“He’s been just chewing away — and he doesn’t seem to care,” she said in an interview.
She said the usually nocturnal rodent favors a late afternoon snack, where he’s gobbled a sizable chunk from the trunk.
No one has named the beaver, but Roberts said the library staff is considering a contest.
Roberts recalled that in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” it was the character of Mr. Beaver who explained a prophecy that one day Aslan would return to Narnia and end the White Witch’s reign of endless winter.
“What a fun angle about Mr. Beaver and the prophecy,” Roberts said in an email.
In any case, beavers — whose numbers are growing after being hunted and trapped nearly to extinction — are fairly common in the Lake Whatcom watershed.
They’re found in the nearby Stimpson Family Nature Reserve and in Whatcom Falls Park.