BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — After evading the authorities, a wayward seal that made its dwelling in a Massachusetts pond surrendered at a police station on Friday morning.
The grey seal first appeared earlier this month in Shoe Pond within the metropolis of Beverly, northeast of Boston. The animal is believed to have traveled to the pond from the ocean by way of a river and drainage pipes.
The seal shortly grew to become a neighborhood attraction and even named “Shoebert” after its chosen pond.
Firefighters and wildlife consultants used boats and large nets in an effort to seize the wily animal Thursday, however gave up after a number of fruitless hours. Early Friday morning, nonetheless, Shoebert left the pond, crossed a car parking zone and appeared exterior the aspect door of the native police station trying, in response to a police assertion, “for some assist.”
The seal was shortly corralled by a staff of wildlife consultants, firefighters and the police division’s “total midnight shift,” in response to a Facebook publish from the Beverly Police Division.
“Shoebert seemed to be in good well being and was just a little sassy within the early morning hours,” the division reported.
The seal was transported to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, the place marine biologists will take care of it earlier than deciding whether or not to launch it again into the wild.
“You may be deeply missed by your folks right here,” the police division wrote on Fb. “Over the previous week you introduced a whole lot of pleasure and happiness to our metropolis. Be at liberty to come back again and go to anytime!”