A beaver walked into a dollar store… no, this isn’t the start of a bad Canadian joke.
Believe it or not, this story isn’t even Canadian. Earlier this week, a beaver was caught perusing the aisles of a local dollar store in Charlotte Hall, a small community in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
According to reports, it was a rather destructive beaver. Either that, or it was a bit of a grinch.
As the rodent waddled its way down the store’s Christmas aisle, checking out everything from 6-foot-tall artificial trees to stuffed Santa dolls, it started knocking things off the shelves. By the time it made its way to some festive placemats, someone had called the authorities.
A statement from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said that the “suspect attempted to flee the area,” but was apprehended by animal control officials. The sheriff’s office later tweeted to let the public know that the beaver was safe and sound in an animal rehabilitation centre.
The beaver tweet may go viral! All joking aside, the beaver was safely rescued by animal control & was released to a wildlife rehabilitator. pic.twitter.com/0VyLXJPjxh
— St. Mary’s Sheriff (@firstsheriff) November 30, 2016
How the beaver made its way into the dollar store is still a mystery. After all, it’s not something the store employees, or even the sheriff’s office, has dealt with before.
“Cpl. Yingling had a unique call for service when the suspect, pictured, was witnessed causing property destruction at a store in Char. Hall.,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.