You are probably familiar with beavers. You know, the large, nocturnal, semi-aquatic rodents with big teeth.
While we know what they are, we don't really expect to see them in the Big Country.
And especially not at the dentist.
Dentist Terry Bawcom's chairs are unique in that they offer a beautiful view. On the other side of the full length glass panels is the scenic Elm Creek. That is until this past winter, when Dr. Bawcom and his staff noticed they were losing some of that view.
"Finally we figured out that it might be a beaver but I've been on Elm Creek since 1978 and the creek was never dry until last year for the whole 30 years, and we certainly never had a beaver," said Bawcom.
That's right, a beaver takin' down trees in Elm Creek.
Bawcom revealed some of the rodent's handiwork during a recent visit.
"This big tree here was a pecan tree that was kind of our favorite tree in the back and suddenly one night it gets taken down and I had a red bud tree a little farther down there that my staff had given me for Christmas 20 years ago and it's kind of a favorite tree, so it went from being entertaining to personal," Bawcom said.
So personal that Bawcom decided to track the beaver down. He put up a trail camera and caught images of the little guy at work...yup, caught red handed, cutting down another tree!
Bawcom said he called Abilene Animal Services, and while they couldn't do anything to catch the beaver, another dentist also officing on the creek has put out a snare.
Back at Bawcom's, he's making sure everyone knows he wants that beaver, dead or alive!
Aaron Vannoy with Abilene Animal Services said only licensed professionals are legally able to trap beavers. Vannoy does not advise anyone try and trap a beaver on their own.