Thursday, December 15, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Cute as a bug's ear!
Last Sunday night, a wandering baby fur seal wriggled through the cat-door of a Bay of Plenty house, and made himself at home on the couch.
A stunned Annette Swoffer thought she was hallucinating when she found the young pup hanging out with her cats in her kitchen.
The seal had made its way from the Welcome Bay waterfront, through a residential area, across a busy road, up a side road, along a long driveway, under a gate, through the cat door and up some stairs before he was found in the kitchen. The little fella then calmly eased past Ms Swoffer's dog and cats, before making himself at home on a couch and attempting to snuggle in for the night.
When Ms Swoffer called the SPCA, they doubted her sobriety! SPCA contacted the Department of Conservation, which was already looking for a seal reported flip-flopping through the suburb. DOC took the young pup back to the water.
Ms Swoffer said the pup was really friendly and not aggressive in the slightest - which is unusual for seals.

Anyone who encounters a seal, or other wild animal, should call the DOC hotline 0800 DOC HOT before emergency services.

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