Some natural instincts stay with animals even when they’re removed from their natural environment, and if you need proof, just look at Beave.

Beave (who, as you may have guessed, is a beaver) was found alone on the side of the road in May of this year when he was just three weeks old. His parents were nowhere to be found, and unfortunately, it’s unlikely that they’re alive.

Beave’s story wasn’t over yet, though. He was taken in by Nancy, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist, and he’ll be staying with her for two years while he learns the ins and outs of being a beaver that his parents would’ve normally taught him. And though he doesn’t have logs and sticks to use, he’s found another way to do what beavers are most famous for doing: building dams.

When the urge strikes Beave to build a dam, he simply makes do with what he finds around the house, whether it’s mops, plungers, pillows, or virtually anything else he can drag around.

Nancy has been helping Beave learn how to live life as a wild beaver, and through her efforts, he has started to use actual natural wood for his indoor dams.

@beaverbabyfurrylove

Beave finally started grabbing the sticks to dam with!! Big Progress!! #WeWinTogether #fyp #ShowUpShowOff

♬ original sound – Beave

Much of the time, though, he prefers to be resourceful with his household surroundings.

@beaverbabyfurrylove

Beave is still just using household items to dam. No luck yet with real wood or sticks. Or blocks in this case. #fyp #ShowUpShowOff #yougotthis

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Sometimes, he even manages to sneak in a little surprise for his fans!

@beaverbabyfurrylove

Beave wanted to include a special message in his dam to one of his followers today! @kllyddon @callmedanger7 #fyp #UnwrapTheDeals #foryoupage

♬ original sound – Beave

Though living life with a quirky baby beaver sounds fun, Nancy is honest about the ups and downs of wildlife rehabilitation, and she makes it clear that anyone hoping to get into this line of work should expect a lot of damage to their house (including pee and poo). They’re wild animals, after all!

@beaverbabyfurrylove

When you rehab any animal you have to be ok with the damage, poop and pee all over your house. For everyone who asks: yea, lots of damage. #fyp

♬ original sound – Beave

We’re happy to just keep watching this cute beaver’s antics in someone else’s home!

@beaverbabyfurrylove

Beaves not damming in his pond yet. He’s to young. He does this in the house because it’s his safe place. Not yet with sticks either. #fyp

♬ original sound – Beave

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