Seal pup wanders into home and puts his flippers up
(By Kiri Gillespie of the Bay of Plenty Times) - 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 must have been hallucinating when she found the young pup hanging out with her cats in her kitchen on Sunday night.
The seal had made its way from the Welcome Bay waterfront, through the suburb's residential area, across busy Welcome Bay Rd, up a slip road, along Ms Swoffer's long driveway, under a gate, through the cat door and up some stairs before he was found in the kitchen about 9.30pm.
"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'."
Stunned, Ms Swoffer called a friend who lives in a unit at the same property to come and verify what she was seeing.
"I'm looking and I'm definitely seeing flippers and not paws."
Calmly, the young pup then eased past Ms Swoffer's dog and cats before making himself at home on a couch and attempting to snuggle in for the night.