A photographer set up a hidden trail camera — only to later discover that a beaver had hilariously buried the recording device in the mud.
According to The Dodo, photographer John Beach has set up hidden trail cameras around central Minnesota, U.S., hoping to catch wildlife in their natural habitat.
The wildlife enthusiast has been able to capture footage of mink, otters, coyotes, and other animals with his hidden trail cameras in the area.
However, recently, Beach was left amused and surprised when he discovered a beaver had started building a damn right in front of his trail camera.
The Dodo reports that Beach was not completely shocked by the incident. According to the publication, the wildlife photographer had positioned his camera up on a bank — in an attempt to film a group of beavers that had been working to fill a deep water station in the vicinity.
However, his camera device ended up getting submerged by the beaver’s activity.
In Beach’s footage, the beaver can be seen meticulously adding dirt and sticks to their pile and hauling the materials for the dam in their paws.
In the process, the beaver buries the trail camera and the footage ends up being imperceptible after the recording device becomes darkened by the beavers’ carefully constructed dam.
“When you set up your camera to get close to the action, but end up in a construction zone!” Beach writes in a Facebook post for the footage.
“No cameras were harmed in the making of this video — just buried a little.”
This is certainly not the first time wild animals have interfered with hidden trail cameras set up to monitor them.
Last year, PetaPixel reported on a government agency in Colorado that received a surprise recently when it checked on a wildlife trail camera and found that out of hundreds of photos captured, a majority of them were “bear selfies.”
The Open Space and Mountain Parks agency of Boulder, Colorado, uses nine trail cameras to keep tabs on wildlife across the 46,000-acre land system it oversees. However, they were left stunned when they checked one trail camera and discovered that out of 580 images on it about 400 were selfies of one bear.
Image credits: Header photo via John Beach.