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Newly restored footage reveals bizarre parachute program to relocate beavers

Published 24/10/2015 | 12:00

Newly restored archive footage has revealed the extraordinary lengths wildlife officials have gone to in order to relocate beavers from overpopulated areas.

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This clip from the late 1940s was restored by the Idaho historical library and posted online.

It shows the animals being trapped and placed into wooden boxes, attached by ropes to parachutes.

The beavers are then dropped from the sky and released back into the wild.

Remarkably the animals appear to have survived their daring adventure unscathed.

The Idaho fish and game department - who have created a mini documentary from the footage - says their descendants still populate the area to this day.

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