Prairie Politics

Chapa the Beaver jokes continue in Wichita City Council chamber

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

“Like Chapa, I do want to stay.”

– Wichita City Manager Robert Layton after the city council reviewed his performance and granted him a 2.5 percent pay increase at Tuesday’s meeting.

For a little background, the beaver at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Central Riverside Park – known as Chapa – recently went missing after escaping from his cage. Later, 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.

Now, Chapa is an ongoing joke in city council. Last week, after swearing his oath of office for another term, council member Pete Meitzner spoke about the beloved beaver and why people (and animals) choose to live in Wichita.

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

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