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Beaver patrol foils cigarette smugglers

Published time: December 19, 2011 17:43
Edited time: December 19, 2011 21:43

Beaver patrol foils cigarette smugglers

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Belorussian beavers became accidental vigilantes when a haul of smuggled cigarettes became stuck in their dam.

The rodents felled a tree to form the foundations for their new home. By chance it also served as a barrier to a consignment of GPS-tracked cigarettes, whose progress was halted just 15 meters from the Lithuanian border.

The small raft was visible to border guards, who are currently investigating the origin of the contraband.

This is not the first time the four-legged creatures have made international headlines. Back in 2008, the furry animals nearly caused a diplomatic row between Belarus and Lithuania.

A family of beavers had constructed a dam that threatened to flood part of the border area.

Specialists were arguing over whether the beavers come from Belarus or Lithuania: in Belarus beavers are a protected species and it is illegal to hunt them.

Another Baltic country, Latvia, has also suffered from the agile animal’s activities. Back in June 2010, Latvian authorities announced a contest for the best way to scare beavers away from the city’s canals. The rodents had damaged several trees, and the authorities feared they might begin munching on the canal’s wooden structures.