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Beaver takes offence at store's fake Christmas trees

Friday 2 Dec 2016 1:43 p.m.

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Staff at a Maryland dollar store issued a "unique" call for help after they were confronted with a wild beaver suspected of causing property damage in the Christmas decorations aisle.

Witnesses to the incident told local media they saw the beaver inspecting the fake Christmas trees and scattering a small number of decorations.

Photographic evidence shows damage left in the animal's wake, including discarded plastic cups and wrapping paper.

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The Sheriff's Office told media the suspect attempted to flee the scene when approached by Corporal Yingling.

Despite the lack of cooperation, Cpl Yingling described the large rodent as "adorable".

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The beaver was rescued by Animal Control and released to a wildlife rehabilitator.

The North American beaver is the largest species of rodent in North America, and shares the title of second largest rodent in the world with the European beaver. The world's largest rodent is the capybara, which is native to South America.

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