A baby seal broke into a house in New Zealand and harassed the house cat. While the children slept upstairs, he hung in the hallway and on the sofa. But miraculously, it didn’t destroy anything.
The Ross family on Mount Maunganui were surprised when they found a New Zealand bear seal in their home 150 meters from shore on Wednesday morning.
Phil Ross – who happens to be a marine biologist – said he was unfortunately the only one who wasn’t home at the time. “The big joke is that this is the only family emergency where it has been beneficial to have a marine biologist in the house,” he said.
Ross said his wife Jane got up before 6 a.m. Wednesday to go to the gym. “When he got into the car, he made some barking noises from below and sped away. I thought it was someone’s dog, and didn’t think much of it.” She came back around seven in the morning and opened the door to find a ‘cute little seal.’ “The seal got a little frightened and went down the hall to the guest room,” she said.
Ross said the seal managed to get through two cat gates to get into the apartment. He thinks he met the family’s guard cat, Coco, outside. “Obviously the seal wasn’t as scared as some dogs, so Coco was able to escape through the cat door on the side of the house, and the seal was able to pursue her.” Coco ran to the house next door. Returning to her home, she refused to go downstairs because he was “very shocked”.
The seal was nicknamed “Oscar” by the family. It is a long tradition in society to call seals this way. According to Ross, the animal proved to be a polite companion and fortunately did not defecate in the house. “It was too deadly for furniture.”
A wildlife ranger from the Department of Nature Conservation showed up at 10 a.m. to bring the seal back to sea. New Zealand seal populations are on the verge of extinction. Now that they were protected, their numbers skyrocketed. (Watchman)
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