During a snowstorm in New England, a “committed” seal is on a mission to explore a town in Maine.
At around 1:30 a.m. Monday, the Cape Elizabeth Police Department received an “unusual call” from a public works worker who was clearing snow from the roads after the area received a blanket of fresh snow. The employee reported that he saw something “rushing” in the neighborhood. The caller shared that he appeared to be a gray seal exploring the city.
After the call, an officer responded to the area where the seal was found on the roadway near Fort Williams Park “enjoying the silence of a snowy winter night”, according to the Cape Police Department Facebook page. Elizabeth. The officer was able to capture the seal and return it to its sweet home in the ocean.
But the story does not end there.
“We didn’t know it at the time, but this seal was committed to its goal of exploring Cape Elizabeth,” they said.
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Around 7 a.m., police were again notified that the lingering seal was back in town, “perhaps as a result of that delicious smell of Cookie Jar donuts being baked,” the department joked in its message.
Another officer and resident were able to capture the seal again, where it was released onto the beach.
But the seal still had to curb his appetite for adventure.
Police were notified for the third and final time that the seal was exploring on land. About an hour later, the seal was again found exploring Fort Williams Park. The officer and several citizens were able to capture the seal and bring it back to the beach where it was released into the ocean.
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After his third release, the seal “swam in search of bigger and better adventures”.
In an update shared by the police department, the pup was picked up by Marine Mammals of Maine and was evaluated at their rehabilitation center.
The organization said they were administering fluids and nutrition and had “a brand new seal!” A review said he had been “recently weaned from his mother and was unfortunately struggling to fend for himself,” Marine Mammals of Maine said.
“After all his adventures over the past 24 hours, he’s been sleeping and suckling his fins all day,” Marine Mammals of Maine shared in a Facebook post.
On Tuesday, the rehabilitation center said the baby seal was “much brighter and much less exhausted”. However, the center said the seal was underweight and will need to remain at the center for “necessary nutrition and care” until it is ready for release.
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Maine Marine Mammals said the seal would need significant support to bring it home, but pledged to help it thrive.