Daily Mail

Britain’s first wild beaver for 500 years has been caught on camera for a second time – but this time gnawing on a tree in the dead of night.

The mammal was first photographed in July last year, but evidence of the its living habits have since been scant.

The rare creatures were thought to have been hunted to extinction in the wild, but a retired scientist has used an infrared camera to photograph a beaver living locally.

The animal is pictured in a sequence of shots sinking its teeth into a tree trunk beside the River Otter, in Ottery St Mary, near Exeter, Devon, where locals recently reported sightings of a beaver.

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