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Zoo’s beaver escapes, leaving no clues

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‘Busy,’ one of two male beavers at the Spring River Zoo was discovered Sunday to have gone missing from the zoo and might be wandering around the city. People who come across the creature should contact Andrea Cole, the zoo’s curator, at 575-626-1420. (Submitted Photo)

City: If found, don’t pick it up, but call zoo’s curator at 575-626-1420

One of the Spring River Zoo’s two beavers escaped this weekend.

In a press release Monday, the city of Roswell announced that “Busy,” one of the zoo’s 2-year-old beavers had gone missing.

“If anyone sees a beaver in the city or surrounding area, it could possibly be the zoo’s animal,” the press release stated.

Busy is one of a pair of brother beavers who recently came to the zoo from the Pittsburg Zoo in Pennsylvania.

The release states the zoo became aware that Busy was missing from his enclosure Sunday morning after having dug his way under multiple fences the night before.

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The Roswell Police Department, Roswell Animal Services and the New Mexico Game and Fish Department were all alerted about the missing aquatic rodent.

No tracks or other clues were discovered indicating in which direction the creature could have gone, said Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the city.

The beaver is tame, but the press release states people should not pick it up or chase it, but instead, contact Andrea Cole, the zoo curator at 575-626-1420.

Should the beaver move away, Wildermuth said, people should keep track of which direction it went and where it is if they can still see it.

According to the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game, there are about 6,000 beavers in the state of New Mexico. Most of the population resides in the northern portion of the state, though they can be found in most elevations.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.