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Woman Drives 9 Hours To Save Sick Beaver Who Lost His Mom

One sanctuary worker called it "the most Canadian thing to ever Canada."

Ottawa resident Mary Herbert had no intention of taking a trip this week, but after seeing a desperate plea on behalf of an orphaned beaver online, she jumped at the chance to help - even if it meant a nine-hour round-trip drive.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuarysent out an urgent request for a "beaver taxi" to transport a dehydrated beaver yearling to another facility some 240 miles away for treatment.

"URGENT: I am a sick beaver," read the Facebook post, "and I need a ride from Ottawa to Rosseau."

Within half an hour, the sanctuary had found its volunteer in Herbert. By Wednesday morning, the duo was on the road.

"It was a beautiful, quiet drive," Herbert later told reporters. "He didn't say a word the whole way."

According to CBC News, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary director Howard Smith says the beaver arrived "in pretty good shape, all things considered."

"He'll be inside now for the winter, because he's not in the best of condition," Smith told the Ottawa Sun. "He's thin."

As for Herbert, she's just glad she could do her civic duty."If I can save one beaver's life, that's a good thing," she told the Canadian Press. "There's a beaver pond where I live and that's just part of the wildlife that I see, and I like. This fellow, it looks like he's been orphaned and he needed help."

As for Herbert, she's just glad she could do her civic duty.

"If I can save one beaver's life, that's a good thing," she told the Canadian Press. "There's a beaver pond where I live and that's just part of the wildlife that I see, and I like. This fellow, it looks like he's been orphaned and he needed help."