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Do beavers use cognitive moves, learning, memory or skill acquisition in their life to build better? Or do they simply repeat instinctive gestures and end up with stereotyped architecture always?

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I mentioned this in Biology chat. Might be worth migrating if you don't get any answers here within a week or so. – Nick Stauner Aug 13 '14 at 18:02
Are you looking for an answer related to beaver-specific behaviour or would your question also be satisfied by "how do spiders spin webs?" – Seanny123 Aug 13 '14 at 19:38
Before I answer this, I want to know if it is, in any way, a homework-related question. – anongoodnurse Aug 14 '14 at 3:24

It seems that running water triggers some sort of instinct:

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