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Three Moscow monuments to beavers

Sculpture A family of beavers in the Park of Light in Bibirevo. Moscow
Sculpture A family of beavers in the Park of Light in Bibirevo. Moscow monuments to beavers

Monuments to beavers. Monument to the Beaver in Bibirevo

According to one version, the name of the Moscow district “Bibirevo” comes from the beavers. It’s hard to say whether it’s true or not, but earlier they were indeed abundant in local rivers, and now the symbol of the district, the golden beaver, flaunts on the coat of arms of Bibirevo.

Part of the sculpture Family of Beavers in the Park of Light in Bibirevo. Moscow
Part of the sculpture Family of Beavers in the Park of Light in Bibirevo. Moscow monuments to beavers

More recently, in the local “Park of Light”, which is very close to the Bibirevo metro station, a sculpture “Family of Beavers” appeared.

Sculptural composition Family of beavers in Bibirevo
Sculptural composition Family of beavers in Bibirevo

Judging by the already rubbed nose, the monument quickly fell in love with the people.

The beavers are really cute. This is probably one of the most sincere modern Moscow sculptures. Its authors were Mikael and Vahe Sogoyan.

Family of beavers
Family of beavers
A family of beavers in the Park of Light in Bibirevo
A family of beavers in the Park of Light in Bibirevo

Monument to the beaver in the park near the Yauza

The second beaver “lives” relatively close to here – in the park that stretches along the Yauza, between the metro stations “Medvedkovo” and “Babushkinskaya”. It is located closest to the house 7 on Suhonskaya street and is on Yandex maps.

Monument to the beaver in the park near the Yauza. Moscow
Monument to the beaver in the park near the Yauza. Moscow

Also a very attractive sculpture, immediately catches the eye. I want to stop and admire, consider in more detail.

By the way, I readily believe that beavers can still be found in the Yauza and the territories adjacent to it in these places.

Monument to the beaver in the park near the Yauza
Monument to the beaver in the park near the Yauza
Monument to the beaver in the park near the Yauza. Moscow
Monument to the beaver in the park near the Yauza. Moscow monuments to beavers

And finally the third beaver!

Previously, in Sokolniki, on Gastello Street, there was “Bobruisk Yard”.

And all because the Moscow district of Sokolniki in 2006 became twinned with the Belarusian city of Bobruisk. In 2007, in the year of the 620th anniversary of Bobruisk, the “Sokolniki Yard” was opened there. In response, Bobruisk gave Moscow a small corner of its city, located in the courtyard of houses 6 and 8 on Gastello Street.

Beaver - a symbol of Bobruisk in the Bobruisk courtyard in Moscow
Beaver – a symbol of Bobruisk in the Bobruisk courtyard in Moscow

A beaver, the symbol of Bobruisk, was sitting on a bench in the courtyard, and the name and year of the founding of the Belarusian city were engraved above the entrance to the courtyard.

It was made of wood and painted like metal.

Beaver - a symbol of Bobruisk
Beaver – a symbol of Bobruisk

However, about 8 years ago, the incredible happened – the beaver from Sokolniki disappeared! Accidentally being there then, I immortalized in the frames an empty shop and a trace, apparently left by a beaver while it was being dragged from the yard.

Bobruisk courtyard in Sokolniki
Bobruisk courtyard in Sokolniki

Perhaps the beaver desperately resisted the kidnappers (if it was an abduction, then in broad daylight! Local residents then said that in the morning he was still in place). He gnawed tiles with his teeth, shouted … but no one heard him.

Apparently no one was going to look for a beaver or install a new one, so after some time all other attributes and reminders of the “Bobruisk Yard” disappeared. Alas, now there is nothing in its place, it is not marked on Yandex maps either.

The bench on which the missing beaver was sitting in Sokolniki. Moscow
The bench on which the missing beaver was sitting in Sokolniki. Moscow
Likely footprints left by a beaver while being dragged from a yard in Sokolniki.
Likely footprints left by a beaver while being dragged from a yard in Sokolniki.
Empty Bobruisk courtyard. Moscow
Empty Bobruisk courtyard. Moscow

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