in another stunning overstatement of my capability I agreed to make a beaver softie, despite living many thousands of kilometres from the narest beaver and never having laid eyes on one even once.
I agreed because I love a challenge. And perhaps because I'm an idiot.
So this is what I've come up with as my prototype. I am not super happy with it, but operating out of a position of almost total ignorance, what would I know?
Seems to me he should have a thicker neck and bigger head, perhaps smaller ears, definitely a black rather than brown face. Perhaps too his forearms should be longer?
Please tell me all those of you who know beavers - what's wrong with this beaver?
**Update - thanks for all the comments! Don't worry bugheart - I think he looks like a squirrel too!
All these comments are really interesting - there is quite a wide margin for perceptions of beaverishness, and several of them directly contradict photos I have! I have a photo of a pale brown beaver, and the head size seems really big in all the photos and not one photo where the teeth are visible! But that's the problem of creating softies from photos - they don't necessarily capture what make a beaver a beaver if you know what I mean. Clearly the teeth are a must have. And while lots of you called for a bigger tail, I can assure the one I put on is ENORMOUS - it's only my poor photography that makes it seem small. But don't worry I'll make it even huger. So I really thank you all for helping me out in getting this fella right!**