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Last Updated: Friday August 13 2010 04:54 GMT

Baby beavers born wild in the UK

A baby beaver

The first baby beavers to be born wild in the UK for more than 400 years have been spotted in Scotland!

Beavers were re-introduced to Scotland a year ago, but until now no-one knew that they had been breeding.

Two beaver kits from two different families have been seen in Knapdale Forest in Mid Argyll.

It's thought the babies are about eight weeks old and each is the size of a guinea pig. They were spotted playing in the water with their parents.

Beavers were hunted to extinction in the UK around 400 years ago.

Eleven of the wood-chewing critters were re-introduced to the UK from Norway last year.