Jane Ross panicked when she came home Wednesday morning (17): A seal was standing in the foyer of her home in Monte Maunganoi, in New Zealand. The animal, Coco, the family cat, was so frightened that he came to rest on the sofa.
After waking her children to the news that the seal had “invaded” the house, she called her husband, Phil, who was at work. For him, a marine biologist, the situation was somewhat ironic: “I am trying to bring my family to some nice places where I go to work, but on this occasion work has come home,” he said.
The family believes that the animal, nicknamed Oscar, followed Coco home. In the meantime, the cat seemed to have become afraid of the “guest” and still hesitated to go downstairs and wander where the seal was.
They said that although it is not uncommon to see seals around the area because they live near the coast, this was the first time they had heard of a person entering someone’s home. Phil commented, “We couldn’t even smell the seal, obviously a very nice guest.” “And she didn’t defecate on the rug or the couch she was sitting on, which was cool.”
The conservation department guard who captured Oscar said he had a busy morning with calls related to the seals. The authorities suspect that bad weather caused this situation.
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