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Trappers Get Third Beaver

April 13, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Trappers have caught what they think is the last of the beavers that have been chowing down on Washington’s famous Tidal Basin cherry trees.

Trapper John Adcock Jr. said the third beaver was trapped Monday night shortly before midnight.

Adcock said he thinks the male beaver _ nicknamed ``Big Daddy″ _ is the mate of the female trapped Saturday and the father of the young beaver caught Sunday.

Adcock says all three appear in good health, although ``Big Daddy″ sustained a bloody nose when he was being moved from the trap to a transport cage early today.

As with Mommy Beaver and Baby Beaver, Big Daddy was relocated by Park Service rangers to a secret spot. Rangers hope the three will reunite and, once more, be a nuclear beaver family _ but not one that’s destroying the Tidal Basin cherry trees.

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