Watch These Beavers Parachuting Into Rural Idaho

Back in the 1940s, Idaho’s Fish and Game Department had a problem: too many beavers in all the wrong places. So they devised a plan to parachute those unwelcome beavers into new habitats. And now somebody has found footage of those parachuting beavers, and it’s wonderful.

Boise State Public Radio has the scoop (h/t AP). Back in January, they shared the amazing true story of the department’s unorthodox scheme to relocate beavers from developed areas to the more rural backcountry—using leftover parachutes from World War II, no less. They moved 76 beavers, losing just one in the process.

And now, the station is back with color video of the program, circa 1950. Idaho Fish and Game Department Historian Sharon Clark went looking for the rumored footage and finally found it, mislaid and mislabeled. They converted it and it’s now available on YouTube for your enjoyment. To get to the actual parachuting, skip to the seven-minute mark, past the man soberly announcing that, “Fur is important. Fur is a resource of our country and our time.”

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“Bye” — this beaver.

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DISCUSSION

So...If they had someone on the ground to video the drop, why didn’t they just, like, bring the beaver to his knew home by land?

Also, I don’t know anything about beavers and I’m not going to watch the first 7 minutes of the video to try to learn, but it seems like dropping one beaver alone in the middle of no where is pretty mean. Shouldn’t they bring a nice lady beaver (hehe)? Or make it like Bachelor in Paradise where they bring a few gentleman beavers and a few lady beavers and see if they can find love in a remote location?