Seal Pup Wanders Into Home And Puts His Flippers Up

This find is thanks to Bec Crew: New Zealand’s Bay Of Plenty Times: 

A wandering baby fur-seal wriggled through the cat-door of a Welcome Bay house – and made himself at home on the couch.

A stunned Annette Swoffer thought she must have been hallucinating when she found the young pup hanging out with her cats in her kitchen on Sunday night.

The seal had made its way from the Welcome Bay waterfront, through the suburb’s residential area, across busy Welcome Bay Rd, up a slip road, along Ms Swoffer’s long driveway, under a gate, through the cat door and up some stairs before he was found in the kitchen about 9.30pm.

…Calmly, the young pup then eased past Ms Swoffer’s dog and cats before making himself at home on a couch and attempting to snuggle in for the night.

Ms Swoffer called the SPCA. “They were giggling away and I’m saying ‘I’m not drunk, I’m not lying’, there’s a seal in my house.”

At Ms Swoffer’s home, the seal was put in a net and box but as it was being driven away in the Doc vehicle, it escaped and made its way up to the front of the vehicle, accidentally turning on the radio and ending up on the front seat.

Mr Clark today said he was called out again about 9 o’clock last night after a seal was seen on Turret Rd but it had disappeared by the time he arrived.

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  • Aliasalpha

    Okay thats probably the funniest thing I’ve seen today, love the escape at the end. Cunning little bugger

    • Kylie Sturgess

      I can understand her getting a friend to check that it’s a seal not a dog. I found one on a beach, when walking a dog very early. It looked VERY dog-like, just with no ears. My dog certainly thought so; he sat down next to it and started howling loudly about how his new friend had not only lost his ears but his legs and was clearly abandoned on the beach. The seal put up with it for about ten minutes and then lumbered off into the sea, leaving my dog very astonished at how good a swimmer it was.

      • Aliasalpha

        I’m officially jealous, I’ve never seen a seal, not a real one anyway. Probably something to do with wagga being 350km or so from the coast so it’d be a hell of a trip inland but damnit they could make the effort!

  • carolw

    What a cute surprise to come home to!