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Bar patrons were left stunned after a beaver entered a bar in England’s West Midlands before hiding under a beer garden smoking shed.

Drinkers at the Yew Tree Pub in Norton Canes, a village in the Staffordshire region of the United Kingdom, were left scratching their heads when the large rodent made its way inside at around 8.45pm on Monday, July 25.

The unusual visitor ran past shocked patrons in the main bar and into the smoking shed outside where he then took cover behind some chairs.

Volunteers from a local wildlife sanctuary were called to the scene where they found the creature casually “lying on its back bathing” in the beer garden.

He was eventually lured into a cage before being checked by a vet, where he was found to be healthy.

Lindsay Newell, from Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue, then worked with Natural England and the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to transfer him to a specialist centre.

She said she didn’t believe the call at first and thought people had mistaken the beaver for an otter as they are rarely, if ever, found in densely populated areas of the Midlands.

Beaver in the Yew Tree pub before the rescue, in an undated photograph. Customers at a Staffordshire pub were in for a surprise after an unusual visitor walked in. (Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary, SWNS/Zenger)

Newell added: “We just don’t get beavers here, so when we got the call we thought, ‘oh it must just be an otter.’

“Sometimes we get people saying they have a bird of prey and it turns out to be a wren or something – we’re just not used to wildlife like this in the West Midlands.

“But when one of our volunteers got there, there was a massive beaver sitting casually in the beer garden under the chairs in the smokehouse.

“We were a bit surprised to hear it was a beaver as we had never seen one up close and were struggling to believe a beaver would actually enter a pub.

“But he didn’t seem to mind being there. He was resting on his back and bathing.

“It is certainly the first time we have been called to save a beaver. They have been reintroduced in other parts of Britain, but not in the West Midlands to my knowledge.

“The locals were joking that maybe he had asked for a pint of Beavertown neck oil.

“Our volunteer Gareth found him outside under the chair and managed to get him into the cage by kicking him with his boot and he just ran into him.

“When he brought it to us, we were surprised at how big it was, but it really was a beautiful creature to see up close.

“Its size was surprising as you think beavers are small creatures, but it was very large, with large teeth and a defined tail.

“He was such a nice and docile creature and just sat there eating leaves while we worked out the next step with him.

Google street view of the Yew Tree pub in Norton Canes. Customers at a pub in Staffordshire were in for a surprise after an unusual visitor walked in. (SWNS/Zenger)

“We contacted Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the Environment Agency as we weren’t quite sure what to make of it as it had never happened before.

“Eventually, we discovered it had been hacked and registered with Natural England and escaped. But the owner doesn’t want any publicity so we can’t find out where it came from.

“I don’t know what drink he wanted in the pub – but I’m glad he got out safely.”

Last year it was announced that beavers would be reintroduced to various sites across England and Wales after 400 years of extinction.

And the government revealed this week that from October, beavers will be legally protected in England from being caught, killed, injured or disturbed without a licence.

The first wild beavers were released in Scotland in 2009 before wildlife trusts in England followed suit and there are now thought to be as many as 800 in the wild.

Dr. Roisin Campbell-Palmer, of the Beaver Trust, said: “The return of the beaver has captured the public’s attention and imagination.

“It is vital that a national strategy provides a platform for the continued restoration of this native species to ensure healthy and connected populations so that society and our wider landscapes benefit.”

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