Prairie Politics

Wichita City Council member Pete Meitzner talks about why there’s no place like home

A young Chapa the beaver gnaws on the fence at the Riverside Zoo in 2013.
A young Chapa the beaver gnaws on the fence at the Riverside Zoo in 2013. File photo

“There’s a reason that Coach Marshall, his wife, Lynn, and their family chose to stay here. There’s a reason Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet have chosen to stay here. There’s a reason Chapa the Beaver wants to stay here.”

– Wichita City Council member Pete Meitzner, speaking after swearing an oath of office for another term about why people (and animals) choose to live in Wichita.

For a little background, the beaver at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Central Riverside Park – known as Chapa – went missing last week after escaping from his cage. On Sunday, the beaver returned to his den.

Chapa was adopted by the exhibit after he was found injured and orphaned three years ago in one of the muddy pools of Chisholm Creek Park. His caretakers were concerned about him surviving in the wild and plan to put him through Beaver 101 so he can be re-released into the wild.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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