OGDEN -- The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah is asking for the public's help naming the first three beavers recovered after the diesel fuel spill near Willard Bay.
DaLyn Erickson-Marthaler, executive director of the rehab center, said now that the first three beavers rescued from the spill are feeling better, it's time to name them. Erickson-Marthaler said letting the public name the beavers is a good way to thank the community for supporting the rehab center as it cared for the beavers.
Erickson-Marthaler is encouraging the public to submit non-gender-specific names that fit the beavers' personalities. The first beaver likes to lie around and hang out. The second is more aggressive, while the third has a large appetite.
The lodge in which the beavers were found has been credited with containing the spill and keeping it from reaching the bay. Three other beavers, recovered days after the first three, are in critical condition with burns from being exposed to the fuel.
Caring for the beavers has put a financial strain on the rehab center. As well as the cost of the beavers' treatment, Erickson-Marthaler said, the center will not be able to hold its annual fundraiser, in which the minimum goal was $25,000.
Chevron, which owns the pipeline that caused the spill, gave the rehab center a check for the expenses it can show invoices for. Erickson-Marthaler declined to say how much the check was for but said, "it might cover" the total cost of caring for the beavers.
Chevron has indicated it might be willing to reimburse the center for what it would have earned with the fundraiser. However, Erickson-Marthaler said the figures Chevron so far has offered would not make up for the center's losses.
Name submissions for the beavers can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.