Pittsburgh-based Busy Beaver Home Improvement Centers has partnered with the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to help name six newborn beavers and sponsor the beaver exhibit.
Busy Beaver’s Facebook fans voted for six top names from a collection of names provided by Busy Beaver employees. More than 1,600 online votes were cast. The winning names are Brennan, Bucky, Busy, Timber, Beverly and Barney.
“When we heard about the baby beavers, we were excited to get involved and help name them. We are opening new stores in the region, so our family is growing too! Our new store names are easier however, since they’re based on location,” said Amanda Nestor, marketing coordinator at Busy Beaver. So far in 2018, the retailer has opened stores in Grove City and Greenville, Pa., and just announced that its New Castle store will open Sept. 14.
Rivers and lakes throughout Pennsylvania and North America are homes to beavers, which are semi-aquatic mammals. Industrious beavers build dams by carefully placing sticks on waterways to create a deep pool of water and gain protection from predators. Using branches and mud, they create a lodge with an entrance that is underwater. In the wild, pairs usually mate for life, and the kits remain in the lodge for the first month of life.
Beaver populations fell dramatically in the last century because they were extensively hunted for their fur. But today, beavers have become more prevalent in the region and across North America.