As flood waters rise following the potentially “catastrophic” destruction of a dam, which Ukraine has blamed on Russian forces, a beaver has been seen making its way through floodwaters in Kherson.
A video of the semi-aquatic animal was widely shared on Ukrainian social media as a sign of defiance following what many have called a “terrorist” act carried out by Putin’s forces.
Beavers are known for their dam-building abilities and have been observed in the wild repairing man-made structures, leading some to suggest the creature might have a lot of work to do if it wants to repair the 30-foot-tall, 144-foot feet wide. prey.
However, many pointed out that the little boy may have been left in distress by the reservoir explosion, and beavers are said to hate the sound of running water and have a natural instinct to want to cover it up.
The rodent may have also lost its habitat, as animals and humans could lose their homes after the wall of water was released, potentially affecting dozens of towns and villages.
Beavers pictured on the streets of Kherson as flooding begins in the occupied Kherson and Kherson region after the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant
Drone camera showed the extent of the flooding: water is seen flowing over the top of the damaged dam
Hundreds of thousands of people could be affected by the floods and be forced to leave their homes.
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry confirmed this morning that the Kakhovka dam on the Dnieper River in the south of the country was damaged by an explosion and water had begun to overflow.
The ministry asked residents of 10 villages on the right bank of the river and downstream parts of the city of Kherson to evacuate their homes.
Ukrainian authorities previously warned that a dam failure could release 18 million cubic meters (4.8 billion gallons) of water and inundate Kherson and dozens of settlements, home to hundreds of thousands of people.
After news of the large breach broke, videos of animals dealing with the aftermath of the flood surfaced.
Among them, the lone beaver was shown walking along an abandoned and flooded road, with social media users pointing out the impact of the wanton destruction on the animals.
Other heartbreaking images have shown a deer soaked and shivering after the flood, seeking refuge on a wooden plank.
Another video shows a dog neck-deep in water, which covers the floodplain in the background as far as the eye can see.
A rescuer wades through high water to try to rescue the dog, with the terrified pet trembling in fear.
The heartbreaking footage shows a drenched and shivering deer after the flood, seeking shelter on a wooden plank.
The video shows a dog up to its neck in water, covering the floodplain in the background as far as the eye can see.
He manages to coax the dog into his four-wheel drive, which has amazingly made it through the rising flood to the animal’s safety.
Among the stranded animals, the beaver is arguably one of the best equipped to deal with the rising water around the southern Ukrainian city, and the animals are no strangers to the threats posed by Putin’s forces.
In January, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry even recognized beavers in the country’s north for helping the war effort and bolstering defenses against Russian invasion.
The beaver dam kept the land on the Belarusian border swampy, they said, repelling any advances from the neighboring state, which is an ally of Moscow.
The latest development in the bitter war has seen swaths of land in the south flooded, with kyiv and Moscow launching into a blame game over who blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant.
The Russian dam in southern Ukraine was partially destroyed by ‘multiple attacks’, Moscow-based authorities said, while Ukraine said Putin’s forces were to blame.
An explosion is seen at the destroyed Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine, on June 6, 2023.
A satellite image shows the Nova Khakovka Damn in the Kherson region of Ukraine on June 5, 2023.
“The goal of the terrorists is obvious: to create obstacles for the offensive actions of the armed forces,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has called a meeting of his National Security Council on the Russian “war crime”, his chief of staff Andriy Yermak said.
Several villages have been “completely or partially flooded” after the dam was damaged and evacuations from the area have begun, a Ukrainian official said.
“About 16,000 people are in the critical zone on the right bank of the Kherson region,” Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson military administration, said on social media, adding that there was flooding in eight areas along the Dnipro river.
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