Seal to be set free after promenade through Tasmanian municipality

The 200 kg mammal had to be tranquillised after climbing on to a vehicle in suburban Launceston

A monstrous coat seal that spent Boxing Day straying suburban Tasmanias streets will be released back into the wild.

Police, and parks and sildlife officers spent much of Monday morning trying to capture the seal, which took a stroll along the streets in Newstead, Launceston at one point managing to climb on to a car.

People were told to stay away from the monstrous ocean mammal to forestall agitating it but the seal managed to become quite a personality in the suburbium as bulletin spread. The swine, reckoned as about 200 kg, was tranquillised by commons and wildlife officers in the late morning but not before it had left big dents and a shattered windscreen on the car.

The adult male seal was firstly seen shortly before 6am in the middle of a Penquite Road by a resident, Will Gregory. It became its attendance feel, scrambling on to two autoes that were parked in a driveway.

We get 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 released. News footage presented 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 demo it had been tranquillised close to the front barrier of a home. The seal too apparently had a small catnap behind the car it had smashed.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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