Wapis' name, in some native American tongue I'm told, means lucky. And while that attribute can be applied to most of our Wild Wonders educational animals, Wapi the beaver might just top them all.
Wapi was minding his own one day, gnawing down trees as beavers are wont to do, when he fell into a bit of trouble. Unfortunately, he was chewing down the rarefied trees of a ritzier neighborhood, and its tenants were distinctly displeased.
At the end of the day,Wapi was with us, having been attacked by a dog, and shot in the head. He survived, but was unreleasable, and carries the small caliber round with him to this day. Its not all bad for him though, he is kept safe and happy now, and with his regular feedings he has increased to the outer limits of beaver size: a respectable 70 lbs.
And while it may be attributed to his old head trauma, Wapi is also without a doubt the most friendly wild animal I have encountered. The workers and volunteers visit him in his pen, and bring him the rodent block treats that are like candy to him.
Here is a short video of me chillin with my new rodent homie.