Beavers released into Devon river in bid to boost gene pool

It’s Norfolk where they’ve got to boost the gene pool isn’t it? They being a bit prone to beaver that’s already in the family?

3 thoughts on “Beavers released into Devon river in bid to boost gene pool”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    A group of three beavers somehow magically reintroduced themselves to a river in Devon. There are now supposed to be half a dozen of them. Last I heard the government was doing its best to kill them all. So no doubt they are thriving. The government being as competent as they are.

    But it is a bit of a change from going from trying to gas them all to worrying about their genetic diversity. Especially as we all know genetics mean nothing, right? Can’t have any effect on the beavers at all.

    (I like to think of the Scottish ones as Stuarts. As they are from Bavaria I sort of remember)

  2. SMFS
    In PC world, genetics applies only to drosophila and lathyrus odoratus. To such, the human genome — which remarkably ceased to evolve in any way when humanity (allegedly) emerged from Africa — means we are more or less chimps who have somehow miraculously transcended evolution so that we can be Guardianistas.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Theophrastus – “In PC world, genetics applies only to drosophila and lathyrus odoratus.”

    In the Guardian’s world genetics is an unanswerable refutation of religion *and* of racism. To do that requires mental contortions that would make George Orwell’s 1984 look straight forward. We only believe in the equality of the races – and genders – because of Christianity. You get rid of that and there is no denying what the science says.

    But still, apparently evolution stopped at the neck.

    Meanwhile I think we should wish these beavers all the best. To be honest I think there are very few places in the UK that will welcome anyone coming along and cutting down a few hundred trees a day and flooding valuable land. There may be some quiet gun-related “solutions” to this problem. But I hope they make it.

    So a bit more genetic diversity can’t hurt. As long, of course, as they are Eurasian beavers and not American ones. Extinction through gene pollution is not as bad as extinction through real extinction but it is extinction none the less.

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