"I looked, and it was a beaver scratching at it, and I thought, 'Wow, that's pretty cool -- a beaver came up to us," Wherley told WPMT. "It wouldn't stop, so I used my paddle tried to hit it to get it away, and it just wouldn't stop, wouldn't stop. I hit him with (the paddle) a lot, but once I knew he wasn't stopping, I pulled it in half and was holding it like this and hitting him with the metal part. I figured that would do more."
The beaver gave up and started after the kayak Layla was paddling. Wherley jumped out of his vessel and got to his daughter’s kayak at the same time as the crazed beaver.