Seal to be set free after saunter through Tasmanian city

The 200 kg mammal “mustve been” tranquillised after clambering on to a gondola in suburban Launceston

A giant hair shut that spent Boxing Day strolling suburban Tasmanias streets will be released back into the wild.

Police, and commons and sildlife officers invested often of Monday morning trying to capture the seal, which took a stroll along wall street in Newstead, Launceston at one point managing to climb on to a car.

People were advised to stay away from the giant sea mammal to avoid fomenting it but the seal managed to become quite a celebrity in the suburbium as bulletin spread. The swine, calculated as about 200 kg, was tranquillised by commons and wildlife officers in the late morning but not before it had left huge dents and a broken windscreen on the car.

The adult male shut was firstly seen shortly before 6am in the middle of a Penquite Road by nearby residents, Will Gregory. It constituted its attendance experience, scrambling on to two cars “thats been” parked in a driveway.

We went up and there was this great big shut on the ceiling of the car, which is definitely not what youd expect on Boxing Day, Gregory told the ABC. You kind of wake up and you think, Is this really happening, am I truly seeing this or am I still daydream?

Tasmania police said the seal would be checked for any medical problems before it was secreted. News footage showed police officers residence the heavy seal into the back of a caged trailer.

Newstead is more than 50 km from the high seas but next to the North Esk river, which flows into the Tamar river and out to Bass Strait.
Photos of the seal pictured it had been tranquillised close to the front barrier of a house. The shut also reportedly had a small catnap behind the car it had smashed.

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