The crafty seal that sailed to the pond goes to the police station

A gray seal that wandered into a Massachusetts pond and escaped attempts by authorities to capture it turned itself in on Friday after waddling to the local police station.

The gray seal first appeared earlier this month at Shoe Pond in the town of Beverly, northeast of Boston. It is believed that the animal traveled to the pond from the sea via a river and drainage pipes.

The seal quickly became a local attraction and was even named “Shoebert” after the pond he chose.

Firefighters and wildlife experts used boats and giant nets to try to capture the cunning animal on Thursday, but gave up after several unsuccessful hours. Early Friday morning, however, Shoebert left the pond, drove through a parking lot and appeared outside the side door of the local police station looking, according to a police statement, “for help.”

The seal was quickly rounded up by a team of wildlife experts, firefighters and the police department’s “entire midnight squad,” according to a Facebook post from the Beverly Police Department.

“Shoebert appeared to be in good health and was a little sassy early in the morning,” the department noted.

The seal was transported to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, where aquarium staff will perform a medical examination before releasing it into the wild, wrote Sarah Callan, manager of the aquarium’s animal rescue program, in an email.

“He acts like a typical, feisty 4-year-old gray seal,” Callan added. “We plan to release him in a quiet, secluded area near other seals.”

New York Post

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