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Baby Seal Found Sleeping on New Zealand Woman's Couch

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December 14, 2011

Baby Seal Found Sleeping on New Zealand Woman's Couch

By Sarah Smith Barnum

Not many people come home at night and ask themselves, “Is that a baby seal snoozing on my couch?” Actually, nobody does that, until now.

Annette Swoffer of New Zealand found this adorable baby seal curled up, asleep. Luckily for Annette, there were no bears and none of her porridge was missing...

From this story on the Huffington Post:

New Zealander Annette Swoffer got the surprise of her life when she found a baby seal in her kitchen, who later began to snooze on her couch, the New Zealand Herald reports.

According to the report, the seal wandered from the bay waterfront, through a residential area, across busy roads, under a gate, through a cat door, and up some stairs before he was found at around 9:30 p.m.


"I thought 'I'm hallucinating, this is just wrong,'" Swoffer told the paper. "Then it looks at me with those huge brown eyes. It was so cute..." Swoffer then called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), who called the Department of Conservation. According to a report by Stuff.co.nz, the department was already looking for the pup.

When biodiversity program manager Chris Clark came to pick up the animal, he told Swoffer he'd been looking for the seal all afternoon and that it had likely just been weaned from its mother.

A baby seal is much more innocent and easy to photograph than say, a 150lb bear cub in the living room, like the one featured in Field Notes earlier this year.


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