Beaver rescued from East River
By Alison Gendar
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
A 40-pound beaver was rescued Friday from the East River by NYPD scuba and harbor cops patrolling the waters near the United Nations to safeguard Pope Benedict.
The cops saw the 4-foot-long beaver about 12:45 p.m. floundering in the West Channel of the East River.
NYPD Lt. John Harkins, commanding officer of the police scuba unit, said the animal was tilted unnaturally and showed "labored breathing."
The cops had just finished checking the sea wall for explosives, Harkins said.
NYPD Officer John Angus lassoed the struggling animal in a safety noose and pulled it on the back of the harbor boat.
The cops placed the beaver in a large bucket and refreshed it with water as they took it to the E. 34th Street ferry dock.
The beaver was later taken to an animal medical center for a checkup, cops said.