Snarling seal spotted on Charlottetown sidewalk apprehended by police | TBEN News

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

Wait – what?

“I had to do a double take because I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said the woman from Prince Edward Island.

“I went into panic mode, grabbed my phone and called 911. I just said, ‘There’s a seal going down Patterson Drive on the sidewalk.’ “

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Fearing he would be hit by a car or attacked by a dog, Reynolds went out to protect the seal and tried to comfort it until the Charlottetown police arrived.

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

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

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

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

When the police arrived at Patterson Drive, which is about two kilometers from the nearest body of water, they attempted to put the seal in an emergency blanket, which was not easy in the snow until ‘on the knees.

A seal found on the sidewalk in Charlottetown was placed in the backseat of a city police car and returned to the water. (Charlottetown Police Department)

“ It was like a TV show ”

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

Officers managed to wrap the seal in the blanket and put it in the back of the cruiser.

“He was fiery. Yeah, he was a little bit spirited, not really cooperative,” Const said. Justin Drake.

The Charlottetown Police Officer said the seal call was a first for them and they needed expert advice.

After consulting with a representative of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, officers led the seal to the water where it was released into its natural habitat.

Lillian Reynolds says she saw the seal roaming the sidewalk of Patterson Drive in Charlottetown on Sunday. (Danny Arsenault / TBEN)

Wildlife officials told TBEN News last week that they were receiving more and more reports of seals arriving on land due to lack of sea ice in Maritime waters. this winter.

Female seals usually give birth on thick ocean ice, but this has sometimes been in short supply, so many animals come to land to give birth to their young.

Reynolds said she was thankful that no one was hurt during the slippery adventure down her street.

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

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