VIDEO: Beaver makes 1st appearance in Palo Alto in 160 years

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VIDEO: Young beaver spotted in Palo Alto, 1st time in 160 years
A young beaver was caught on video making a rare appearance in Palo Alto, the first time in 160 years.

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- There's a lot of excitement in Palo Alto Friday following the first verified sighting of a beaver in the area in 160 years.

A trail camera belonging to animal researcher Bill Leikam captured video of a juvenile beaver scurrying on a trail near Matadero Creek, first on Wednesday and then again on Friday.

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"Off of that camera, I saw the young beaver walking in that direction. I thought that little beaver is really exploring a whole lot to be out of the water all the way down here."

Leikam says the juvenile likely belongs to an adult pair he's known about for a while -- he actually spotted one swimming in the creek last week -- but didn't get a photo of it.

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