A fur seal is resting up at the Melbourne Zoo after stopping traffic on a busy beach road, being escorted back into the water and then making his way back to the street, falling asleep on a cycling path instead.
The Herald-Sun reports police had to close the busy Beach Road in Melbourne, Australia early Saturday morning as the seal parked himself in the middle of the street. Police and fire crews tried to coax the little guy back into Port Phillip Bay but when he go himself stuck on top of a stone wall, Wildlife Rescue Victoria had to be called in to help. One policeman warned onlookers, "Keep back, it will attack.'' It lunged and snapped at his would-be rescuers, when they got too close, and one policewoman hurt her arm after she tripped and fell while trying to avoid the aggressive pup.
Wildlife Victoria volunteer rescuer Amy Amato says, "These seals love to sunbake. That's probably what it was doing on the road. The asphalt would have been lovely and warm for it.''
Less than an hour after they got him back into the water, he made his way back to the road, stopping just short of the street and basking in the middle of the cycling path. Zoo officials were called in to come and pick him up.
The young male New Zealand fur seal was brought to the Melbourne Zoo's pool to recuperate and vet Dr. Michael Lynch says he was still fast asleep when they checked on him this morning. The vet says the seal appears to be in good condition and hopes he's just exhausted from battling the stormy seas and will be able to return to his habitat in a few days, after resting up.