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Beaver makes his way into Bemidji hotel

A beaver visited the DoubleTree Hotel in Bemidji, Minn., on Thursday, Oct. 4. The animal made into the entryway but was escorted out by animal control. Submitted photo. 1 / 2
A beaver visited the DoubleTree Hotel in Bemidji, Minn., on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 3-4. The animal made its way into the entryway but was escorted out by animal control. Submitted photo 2 / 2

BEMIDJI, Minn.—The Bemidji DoubleTree hotel received an unexpected guest late Wednesday night, Oct.3.

The night auditor at the hotel found a beaver waddling around in the entryway between the two sets of doors. The vertically challenged hotel guest wasn't able to activate the second set of doors leading from the entryway into the lobby.

It wasn't for lack of trying that he couldn't get past the second set of doors. A photo taken by hotel staff shows the animal standing on its back paws and leaning against the lobby doors with his front paws.

There was one awkward moment when a taller guest with two legs tried entering the hotel. The night auditor stopped the guest and motioned to the beaver through the glass. At one point, the beaver went under a luggage cart in the entryway, which allowed the waiting guest to make a mad dash through the entryway and into the lobby.

Animal control came and escorted the furry beast out of the building, but on Thursday morning, Oct. 4, the beaver returned. Animal control then moved it to an area near the lake.

"Urban wildlife does get used to people to a degree, but to walk into a building is very unusual," said Kevin Kyle with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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