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A curious young seal broke into a New Zealand home, harassing the family cat and staying in the hallway for a couple of hours.

The Ross family received an unexpected visit on Wednesday morning. Phil Ross is a marine biologist working at the University of Waikato. He and his wife Jenn have two children, Noah and Ari, and they live just over 150 meters from the beach where they often see seals, especially at this time of year.

The seal entered through one of the family cat flaps on the garage door or front door.

Just before 6am, Jenn left to go to the gym.

“When she got into the car, something barked from underneath and shuffled away. She thought it was someone’s dog, but she didn’t think much about it.” Phil explained.

When she returned an hour later, she opened the door to find the last pet of the family: “a nice seal”.

“He got a little scared and made his way down the hall into the guest room.”

Phil identified the seal as a 10 month old New Zealand seal. He made his way into the house and continued to terrorize the family cat, but Phil suspected the cat was mainly to blame.

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“I’ve never heard of seals going through cat flaps, but I blame our cat, Coco. Coco is quite territorial and tends to try with dogs. I guess she gave the seal a shot, it didn’t respond down, and then he proceeded to chase her up the side of the house and through two cat flaps, into the garage and then into the downstairs part of our house. ” Phil explained to FOX 9 in an email. “Coco hid at the neighbor’s house and wouldn’t come home until the seal disappeared. Then for the next day, she wouldn’t go downstairs to where the seal was. We didn’t see the seal / interaction. cat, but it was clearly something Coco didn’t like “,

The seal was captured by a ranger to be safely returned to the sea.
(Jenn and Ari Ross)

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The young seal stayed indoors for about 90 minutes before Jenn took her outdoors where she was then captured by a Department of Conservation ranger.

“Jenn, my wife, is very cold in these situations and has handled the situation perfectly,” he continued.

The seal was safely released in a local estuary, Phil said.

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“It is very common for young seals to end up on unusual stretches of coast at this time of year. Young seals are starting to be weaned, to go out on their own and, like most teenagers, they can make bad decisions about where to go to. finish up. We just had a pretty big storm, so quite a few seals are showing up on the beach to rest and recover, before heading back to sea. This particular seal was obviously in good condition so we decided to explore on the sand dunecs and ended up on nearby streets and homes, “Phil said

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