A savvy seal who crawled out of the sea, along a busy road, up a driveway and through a cat flap was found making himself at home on the sofa by one shocked New Zealand woman.
The pup was found by Bay of Plenty resident Annette Swoffer settling into a cushion, happy among her cats.
She told the New Zealand Herald: "I was in my office and I heard an awful racket down below...I thought the cats have brought a rabbit or something in so I went down and had a look - and there's a seal in my kitchen."I thought, I'm hallucinating, this is just wrong." She added: "It looks at me with those huge brown eyes. "It was so cute but I didn't touch it because you don't with wild animals."
Ms Swoffer called the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA), and said: "They were giggling away and I'm saying, 'I'm not drunk, I'm not lying, there's a seal in my house'."
The SPA contacted the Department of Conservation, who were already on the hunt for a seal spotted along the road near her house, and came to its rescue.Officials at the department had been called out to save a seal seen on a different road earlier in the day - and believe it was the same one found by Ms Swoffer. The first time, it ended up in a residential garden, scaring elderly residents. Chris Clark, biodiversity programme manager for the Department of Conservation, told the Herald the pup had "obviously just weaned from its mum". With police help, he managed to eventually coax it into a net and then release it into the nearby harbour. Ms Swoffer said the pup was "really friendly" and not aggressive, unusually for a seal.Source:
-Baby Seal Negotiates Cat Flap To Sofa Surf/Sky News 13.12.2011
-Pipe and flippers, sir? Seal makes himself comfy on the sofa (after getting in through the cat flap)/Daily Mail 13.12.2011 incl. video