Baby Seal Wanders Into Home, Lounges on Couch

Newborn pup was hanging out with homeowner's cats

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, Dec 15, 2011  |  Updated 10:21 AM PDT
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Baby Seal Wanders Into Home, Lounges on Couch

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It's cute, but maybe not on your couch.

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A baby seal entered a New Zealand' family's home through the cat door and made itself comfy on the couch.

The seal got into the waterfront home on the Bay of Plenty and crashed on the sofa with Annette Swoffer's cats, according to the New Zealand Herald. To get to its cozy spot, the baby fur seal had to cross through a residential area, cross a busy street journey under a gate and up Swoffer's long driveway, go through the cat door and up a short flight of stairs, according to the paper.

First, she saw it in the kitchen, then it made its way to the couch.

"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," said Swoffer. "I thought 'I'm hallucinating, this is just wrong.'"

Swoffer said the pup was "really friendly," and, according to a city animal control officer, it might have been used to hanging out in the world of humans.

Chris Clark, biodiversity programme manager for the Department of Conservation, and the man who removed the pup and set it free, had earlier in the day captured what he believed was the same seal after it ventured into another residential area and scared elderly residents.

Clark told the paper the pup had "obviously just weaned from its mum."

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