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Mutual Grooming

8-1-13 beavers grooming each other IMG_2714Beavers spend a great deal of time tending to their coats, grooming several hours a day throughout the year. Grooming consists of removing sticks and debris that have become embedded in their fur, as well as applying oil from their anal glands to waterproof their fur. Waterproofing is essential, as it prevents the cold water from penetrating their fur. Typically they sit with their tail between their hind legs, stretched out in front of them, with their anal glands exposed. Beavers procure the oil with their front feet, and use all four feet to comb it through their fur. The two inside nails on both of their hind feet are split, increasing the efficiency with which they can apply the oil. Sometimes two beavers will groom each other, engaging in “mutual grooming.” The male and his offspring begin to groom each other when the kits are only two weeks old, yearlings and kits from three weeks on, and the mother and kits when the young are four weeks old. Mutual grooming continues as long as they are a family unit. ( I am humbled by the response to yesterday’s post. You will each be hearing from me soon. )

7 responses

  1. Roseanne Saalfield

    Mary happy to make a donation in thanks for all your wonderful work…but i cannot find ‘donate’ button thanks, roseanne s.

    August 1, 2013 at 11:49 am

    • Hi Roseanne,
      There should be, on the right hand side of the blog, a yellow button that says “donate.” It’s underneath the white button that says “sign me up.” You have the option of using Paypal, or any one of a number of credit cards. Let me know if you still have trouble, and thank you so much for your generosity.

      August 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  2. Mary, I bet those beaver were up on Moose Mountain! Lucky you to capture them lie that. Congrats once again :-))

    August 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  3. Lynne Fitzhugh

    I love your posts and would make a donation but don’t see a “donate” button. Please advise.

    Lynne

    >________________________________ > From: Naturally Curious with Mary Holland >To: ldfitzhugh@yahoo.com >Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2013 7:28 AM >Subject: [New post] Mutual Grooming > > > > WordPress.com >Mary Holland posted: “Beavers spend a great deal of time tending to their coats, grooming several hours a day throughout the year. Grooming consists of removing sticks and debris that have become embedded in their fur, as well as applying oil from their anal glands to waterpr” >

    August 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  4. Ned Jacoby

    Hi, Mary. What’s your mailing address?? Ned Jacoby PS Walker here for lunch this Sunday.

    August 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    • Hi Ned, Great to hear from you. You are so kind to consider a donation! My mailing address is 134 Densmore Hill Road, Windsor, VT 05089. I’m hoping yesterday’s blog didn’t put anyone off! Best to you, Mary

      August 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

  5. Mary, your posts are wonderful and show the beauty around us.

    August 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

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