Surly seal spotted on Charlottetown sidewalk apprehended by police

Lillian Reynolds was about to make coffee Sunday morning when she looked out her Charlottetown kitchen window and saw a seal wiggling down the sidewalk.

Wait? A what?

“I had to take a double-take because I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” the P.E.I. woman said. 

“I went into panic mode and grabbed my phone and called 911…. I just said there’s a seal travelling down Patterson Drive on the sidewalk.”

He was, I think, probably cursing at me in seal language.— Lillian Reynolds

Concerned it might get hit by a car or attacked by a dog, Reynolds went outside to protect the seal and try to comfort it until Charlottetown police arrived.

But the surly seal, possibly tired and disoriented, was in no mood to mingle.

The seal was placed in the backseat of a Charlottetown police cruiser and driven back to the water. (Charlottetown Police Services)

“He was, I think, probably cursing at me in seal language… He was quite upset, but I don’t blame him. I would be too,” Reynolds said.

“I just said, you know, ‘We’re going to take care of you, don’t worry about it.’ Then he was like ‘arr, arr, arr’ at me.”

‘It was just like a TV show’

When police arrived, they tried to corral the seal in an emergency blanket, which wasn’t easy in snow up to their knees.

“He was slipping and sliding off the blanket,” Reynolds said. “It was just like a TV show.”

The officers managed to get the seal wrapped in the blanket and put it in the back of the cruiser.

“He was feisty. Yeah, he was a little feisty, not real co-operative,” said Const. Justin Drake. 

Lillian Reynolds says she saw the seal wandering along the sidewalk on Patterson Drive in Charlottetown on Sunday. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

The Charlottetown police officer said the seal call was a first for them and they needed some expert advice. After consulting with someone from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the officers drove the seal to the water where it was released into its natural habitat.

Wildlife officials have told CBC News within the last week that they are getting more reports of seals making it onto land because of the lack of sea ice in Maritime waters this winter. Female seals usually give birth on thick ocean ice but that has occasionally been a scarce commodity, so many have to come onto land to deliver pups. 

Reynolds said she is thankful nobody got hurt during the slippery adventure on her street.

“It makes me feel good. It was such a nice story for these times, these days, that something could be so uplifting.”

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