Stubborn Seal Caught Three Times Exploring Maine Town During Snow Day
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Every major snowstorm can bring challenges for towns and cities throughout Maine. Decisions to cancel school, close businesses, and which areas to plow and clean first are some of the key choices that need to be made quickly and efficiently. One of the decisions that most towns and cities don't have to grapple with on a snow day is "how do we get this seal to go back into the ocean and stay there?"
Shared on Facebook by the Cape Elizabeth Police Department, they were faced with a very unique situation overnight as a seal was spotted exploring the roads of the town by a plow truck driver. An officer responded to the call immediately, and was able to corral the seal and release it back into the ocean at Fort Williams park. Case closed, right?
Think again, because roughly six hours later, the Cape Elizabeth PD was alerted that a seal was spotted traveling down Shore Road in town. A different officer responded to the call, and found the seal hanging out in a resident's lawn. As it turned out, it was the same seal who previously attempted to traverse through Cape Elizabeth. The officer once again brought the seal to Fort Williams Park, where it was returned to the ocean.
This stubborn seal wouldn't take no for an answer. One hour after the second apprehension, the Cape Elizabeth PD was alerted that a seal was moving about in Fort Williams park. When officers arrived, they found it was the same seal as the prior two calls. This time, the Cape Elizabeth PD enlisted the help of Marine Mammals of Maine, who collected the seal and will be assessing it at their rehab center.