BEAVER – Chapter 20 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)

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Paddy and Sammy Jay Become True Friends

Paddy the Beaver floated in his pond and grinned at Old Man Coyote, who had so nearly caught him. Old Man Coyote fairly danced with anger on the bank. He had felt so sure of getting his meal that time that it was hard to believe that Paddy had really gotten away from him. He bared his long teeth and he looked very fierce.

“Come on in; the water’s fine!” called Paddy knowing that Old Man Coyote would not venture into the water. Paddy knew perfectly well that he was absolutely safe. He had had to be on the watch for days lest he should be caught, and so he hadn’t been able to work quite so well as he could have done with nothing to fear, and he still had a lot of preparations to make for winter. So he told Old Man Coyote he should have never left a footprint in the mud to give himself away and it was now time for him to go away.

Sammy Jay, who had stayed and watched the whole thing, nodded in agreement.

Old Man Coyote was frustrated for he couldn’t catch either Paddy or Sammy for one was at home in the water and the other was at home in the air and he couldn’t follow in either place. Finally he saw it was of no use to stay there, so, muttering and grumbling, he started for the Green Meadows.

As soon as he was out of sight Paddy turned to Sammy Jay.

“Mr. Jay,” he said, knowing how it pleased Sammy to be called mister, “Mr. Jay, you have done me a mighty good turn today, and I am not going to forget it. Mr. Jay you saved my life”.

Now this made Sammy feel very proud and very happy. He flew down on the stump of one of the trees Paddy had cut. “Let’s be friends,” he said.

“Yes, yes indeed – the best of friends!” replied Paddy.

Continue Paddy’s story adventure at:

BEAVER Chapter 21


BEAVER Video #37

BEAVER Video #38

 The aftermath of the raging river and the exposed beaver lodge has me wondering – where is Paddy the Beaver?

Due to heavy rains there is a break in the dam just below the lodge, the food stash of sticks is stuck to one side of the dam, and the water level is actually getting low.

Is Paddy the Beaver still here?

Collection of BEAVER videos #1-44 on PINTEREST

From January 2019 to March 2020 signs of beaver activity near my home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts were P.L.A.Y.-fully captured in photos and videos to share these wonder and awe filled adventures with you.