SPCA rescued a wandering seal in Athlone and safely released it into the ocean

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Department reported that they received a call about a  Cape fur seal crossing the busy Jakes Gerwel Drive opposite the Vangate Mall in Athlone on Wednesday morning.

PICTURE: Cape of GoodHope SPCA

This is after Cape Town resident noticed the seal on, the busy intersection at Klipfontein. SPCA Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse and Inspector Lwazi Ntungele said that they found a large adult female Cape Fur Seal wandering about into traffic, while attracting a crowd that had quickly came to a halt to allow the seal to cross over safely. The seal was unharmed and safely released at Lagoon Beach in Milnerton.

SPCA stated that they are unsure how the seal got so far from the ocean will remain a mystery. Although they believe it might have swum into a canal and was washed further away by strong currents, or that it was intended to be an unusual Christmas gift for someone’s mother-in-law and then merely dumped when its captor saw the price of fish!

“Either way, Santa the Seal (as she was named by onlookers), skipped into the water and swam off with a wave of her flipper, her Christmas shopping will have to wait.”

By: Everngelista Muza


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