The rush hour was briefly derailed in Toronto Thursday morning when a busy beaver wandered into a Toronto subway station.
Jenn Abbott snapped photos of the unusual commuter at the Royal York subway station.
She posted them to Twitter.
“This in Toronto, Canada. #TTCBeaver found on subway platform this morning,” Abbott wrote. “Can’t get any more Canadian than this!”
Just another day on the TTC.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Toronto Animal Service hopped into action.
Officials alternately called the beaver “Nickel,” because well, a beaver is pictured on the Canadian five cent coin, and “Rascal, the Royal York beaver,” presumably due to the alliteration.
Beavers are common around Toronto. And apparently, this one entered the station from some nearby waterways.
“Trespassing critters are not uncommon on the TTC,” spokesperson Stuart Green tweeted.
“While no one recalls a beaver sighting in recent history, we’ve had raccoons, deer, escaped dogs, pigeons, opossums and even crabs find their way into the system (OK, the last one was a pet),” he added.
Toronto Animal Services helped in the rescue.
“‘Nickel’ the Beaver was clearly afraid and stressed to find himself amongst so many people, but was healthy, with clear eyes and a slapping tail – all signs of a healthy beaver,” animal services said.
The hardworking beaver is a common sight in Toronto, but due to a nocturnal work schedule we don’t often get calls about them. If you see any wildlife, please contact @311toronto so we can come to assess the situation & help if we are needed. Never approach or feed wildlife.— TO Animal Services (@TOAnimalService) March 25, 2021
A happy ending on one tail slapper of a story.
And no end of Canadian beaver jokes.
#TTCBeaver makes me think of the mocking I’ve occasionally endured from our American neighbours in the past. “You’re from Canada? lol do you have polar bears knocking over your trash? Do you have beavers on your subway?” Sigh….— T-Bar (@T_Bar12) March 25, 2021
Photos: Jenn Abbott/Twitter