This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor.
We in the news business often get complaints that we don't report enough good news. So today I will trumpet my favorite story of the day, and the news is good indeed.
For the first time in about two hundred years, a beaver is making its home in New York City. On the recently cleaned up, and much improved, Bronx River a dam has been spotted. And now there are pictures, too.
I have seen this sort of thing happen with increasing frequency. Students started cleaning up streams in northern California, only to find salmon there a few seasons later.
America is brimming with bald eagles and other predatory birds since DDT was banned some years ago. The earth is a very forgiving place. Clean it up, stop destroying it, and it shows remarkable resilience.
And now a beaver in the Bronx; we should be proud, and impressed. I bet that's one tough beaver.
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By Harry Smith
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