Are you kidding me? Of course! Amidst a few squeamish looking people, I literally jumped at the chance. I not only wanted to touch it with a fingertip, I wanted to hold it and feel the weight of it. I was amazed at the smoothness and how pliable it was. More streamlined than leather, soft as silk, subtly patterned and aerodynamically shaped I found it fascinating. I looked at how the fur attached to the edges of the tail. I examined how the exposed tendons at the base of the tail ran in all directions giving the beaver such total control over that tail for swimming and communication. It was a marvel and so different from what I had ever expected. Then I glanced up at the others in the group. There were varying levels of interest from moderate to completely bored, and I realized that possibly I was the only one enraptured by this animals appendage. I gave it back reluctantly.
I have given this experience some thought. I am so happy I was there at the right moment to experience that tail. And for all those that paid little or no attention, I wonder how many other things pass them right by? For me it is a reminder to always say yes to new experiences and to keep curiosity and appreciation alive. To continue to grab life by the tail.