New Zealand: a seal breaks into a house, terrifies the cat and falls asleep on the sofa

In New Zealand, a family had a disconcerting surprise: a seal managed to get into the accommodation and took the opportunity to lounge on the sofa.

Having a pet is common in a family, but some pets are less common than others. In New Zealand , a family was surprised to find that a seal had entered their home.

The accommodation is located 150 meters from the sea, which is why the seal came all the way there. In the garden of the property, the animal first met the family cat. This one wanted to defend its territory but in front of such an animal, it quickly took fright and fled by the cat flap. The seal immediately followed the cat and entered the house.

The mother of the family got up very early that morning, before 6 a.m., to go to the gym. When she woke up, she heard a kind of barking but didn’t pay attention to it, thinking it was the neighbor’s dog. It wasn’t until she got home an hour later that she discovered the seal in her living room. The animal had taken advantage of his absence to walk the halls and lounge on the couch. Miraculously, he hadn’t woken the children who were still sleeping upstairs.

When the animal saw that he had been surprised, he took fright and took refuge in the guest room. The mother of the family then woke up her children, to humorously introduce them to their new pet . The height of the story: the children’s father, the only one absent that morning, is a marine biologist.

“The big joke is that it’s really the only family emergency where it would be useful to have a marine biologist at home ,” said the latter with regret.

Fortunately for the family, the seal did not damage anything and did not defecate in the house. He was kindly nicknamed Oscar by the locals.

Eventually, the mother of the family managed to get the seal out the front door so that it could join the garden. She then alerted a Department of Conservation ranger, who attended and returned the seal to the sea.

According to the ranger, it is not uncommon to see young seals wandering around at this time of year, when they leave alone to wean themselves. In the event of an encounter with a seal, it is recommended to keep a distance of at least 20 meters, not to make noise and to keep dogs and children away. Indeed, seals can carry infectious diseases and can become dangerous if they feel threatened.

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