I met a young beaver near the town dump, of all places. The stream there is broad and shallow and most un-beaverlike - I've only seen beaver in ponds or narrow streams that they plan to dam - so it was an odd and very unexpected meeting. I thought it was a muskrat at first glance and couldn't believe it was a beaver until I saw the tail. There is a slightly deeper pool right under a culvert, and I watched it swim around for a good quarter hour. They are unexpectedly graceful underwater.