Beavers live in the water and on land; they have coats of fur and fishy tails. They cut timber with their strong teeth, chopping down trees as though with axes of steel. They construct castles of wood in rivers and in ponds, working with great artfulness. They are hunted for their testicles, which men use as medicine. Pursued by hunters, they castrate themselves to save their lives, and as they flee, they cast their testicles behind them. If a beaver, already castrated, encounters another hunter, he stands on two legs to show that he no longer has what the hunter seeks.
The small stone block with Hunter and beaver is located in the central bay of the cathedral porch, where it has been wedged into the northeastern corner at the springing of the vault. Judging from the pose of the beaver, who stands on his hind legs and folds his hands as though begging to be spared, this is not the first time he has encountered a hunter.