England’s first wild beavers for 400 years can stay

London (AFP) – The first beavers to be introduced into the wild in England for 400 years were yesterday given permission to stay, in what campaigners hailed as a landmark move.

The animals, prized for their fur, meat and scent glands, had been hunted out of extinction, but mysteriously reappeared in Devon, south-west England, in 2013 – likely illegally released into the wild.

The government initially said it would capture and re-home them amid fears they might be carrying disease, but wildlife activists successfully campaigned for them to remain under observation.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin