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Mystery over seal pup found in a forest

Posted on Monday, 25 March, 2013 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Authorities in Sweden have been left confused after a seal pup was discovered in the middle of a forest.

Hunter Robert Sandefors had been out walking in the woods when he came upon the seal pup in an area that was more than 6km from the nearest body of water. "A somewhat confused person called and said he was out walking in the woods where he had found a seal pup. I thought he was joking at first," said police inspector Henrik Pederson. According to Sandefors, the seal had left tracks suggesting it had managed to traverse several miles on it's own.

"He must have gotten separated from his mother and gotten lost and gone in the wrong direction," he said. Luckily the seal didn't appear to be phased by its ordeal and was later released in the nearby Dalaelven river.

"A seal pup was found in a forest in eastern Sweden on Sunday almost six kilometres (four miles) from the closest body of open water, raising questions as to how it got there, Swedish media reported."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Silver Surfer on 26 March, 2013, 10:07
Did anyone else know that seal the musical performers deformed face was caused by him being attacked by a seal when he was young?... I knoW! far OUt EH!
Comment icon #12 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 26 March, 2013, 11:18
seals are not DeGeneres. ALIENS MAN!! ALIENS!!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hilander on 26 March, 2013, 12:59
Good thing the poor little seal didn't do this in California.
Comment icon #14 Posted by kitty81 on 26 March, 2013, 20:29
maybe a big bird/hunting bird picked it up? i dont know what bird would be big enough to pick up a seal pup but just a thought..
Comment icon #15 Posted by Oppono Astos on 26 March, 2013, 21:15
All I've got is the metal image of the old circus act with a seal playing carhorns in tune to get a reward of a fish...
Comment icon #16 Posted by Mindscanner on 25 June, 2013, 8:02
I thought animals have an instinct in returning to their own habitat especially water specimen, seal in this case? seal has been well known for a distant traveler, as they do travel for miles to find food and they tend to have some places to go more than one place, but they still go to the same places randomly, from time to time (seasonally). It's weird to me that, little pup couldn't smell water. I don't think it's lost by it self but there could be some other reason to that. owww poor thing :-(
Comment icon #17 Posted by libstaK on 25 June, 2013, 11:21
You have a point about their sense of direction and smell, perhaps poor mum was taken by a land predator and her remains / scent carried with the animal back to it's own natural habitat in the forest. Poor baby may have been determined to find his mom.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Yamato on 25 June, 2013, 19:12
Did anyone else catch that tear? Now I know the biology experts are going to come and say actually it's not a tear....
Comment icon #19 Posted by Cherry- on 12 July, 2013, 16:09
i want one! so cute
Comment icon #20 Posted by Junior Chubb on 12 July, 2013, 22:07
He was looking for an octopus...

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