And they flew in, rather than taking the more traditional Viking long ship.
Four wild beaver families arrived at London’s Heathrow airport Thursday night, the first step in an effort to reintroduce the mammals — probably hunted to extinction around the reign of King James I, in the 16th or 17th century — to the British countryside.
The beaver families, which were trapped in Norway after several months of careful observation, will be quarantined for six months before being released in western Scotland.
(Insert favorite joke about Scots stalking beaver for six months here.) Despite the joy of the members of – and I am not making this up – the Scottish Beaver Trial, local landowners will get a bit of a rude shock when wetlands are developed on their property by the Norwegian invader beavers.
On to another story about animals! It seems that PETA has its collective knickers in a knot over a completely different pelt. Specifically, they want Liz Hurley’s scalp for daring to wear mink.
The actress and model has enraged animal-welfare groups by appearing in advertisements for American fur house Blackglama, which boasts of producing ‘the world’s finest natural ranch-raised mink’.
In many of the arty black-and-white photographs appearing in glossy fashion magazines, Hurley is wearing little more than the company’s fur coats and wraps.
Last night, leading animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a savage attack on the 41-year-old.
Some nice pictures of Hurley’s ads at the link. Hurley was assaulted by an anti-fur zealot back in 2001. I suspect this has something to do with her decision to take the job.