Circus artist Viktor Siltšenko says that a beaver can be persuaded only with hugs! See the TV interview made in 2018 on Youtube where the beaver is in an interview live from the studio with artist Viktor Siltšenko.
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Estonian text published 30.12.2019
Two weeks ago we wrote about the young orphan beaver who was raised by people in a distant Russian village ln Ural in 2011 and we wondered what had become of it later and whether any of the readers had any new information about the beaver. In response to the appeal Tatjana wrote to Looduskalender. She had found an article from 2014 on the website of the Live journal in 2014 where journalist Jelena Pomortseva wrote:
After the film on Internet from the
We then visited the circus and were told how the beaver from beyond Ural got to the circus arena. It turned out that Viktor Siltšenko saw the story about the beaver on Internet, travelled to the place and persuaded the pensioners to give the beaver to the circus as an artist.
At first we felt sorry for the beaver. A circus is after all not the best place for a wild animal. But on getting acquainted with Viktor Siltšenko we felt reassured. Viktor is the only trainer in the world who works with beavers. He studies the behaviour of beavers, participates in the work of research teams and is writing a book about beavers. He has more than ten beavers. According to him you cannot force these animals to do things, it is useless. They only follow orders reluctantly.
But according to Viktor, Semjon would not have survived among the pensioners, beavers don’t stand captivity well. It was not possible to return Semjon to nature. Other beavers would no longer have accepted him. Neither had he learnt to build dams in time. It turns out that the circus was an escape road for the beaver from beyond Ural. And by the way, it turned out that beaver Semjon was a she - Semjon became Sema .
Translated from Russian by Helen Arusoo
See also what we found on the Internet (for those who know Russian):