Medieval beaver to be reintroduced in Wales

The beaver, extinct in Wales since the 12th century, is being reintroduced to Machynlleth, Wales. The European beaver was prized for its fur and the medicinal qualities of its glands.

It was hunted to extinction in Wales by 1200, England by 1600, and in Scotland by the 1600s. While only a few pockets of beavers have survived in Europe through the 20th century, reintroduction programs have been successful.

One pair, relocated from Gloustershire and Devon, England, will be released and studied.