Seal to be set free after promenade through Tasmanian municipality

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

A giant fur close that spent Boxing Day wandering suburban Tasmanias streets will be secreted back into the wild.

Police, and commons and sildlife officers wasted often 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 reminded to stay away from the giant sea mammal to forestall agitating it but the seal managed to become quite a celebrity in the neighbourhood as bulletin spread. The animal, approximated 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 separated windscreen on the car.

The adult male close was firstly noticed shortly before 6am in the middle of a Penquite Road by a resident, Will Gregory. It drew its presence felt, scrambling on to two autoes that were parked in a driveway.

We went up and there was this great big-hearted 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 certainly seeing this or am I still dreaming?

Tasmania police said the seal would be checked for any medical problems before it was liberated. News footage established police officer 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 door of a room. The seal also apparently had a small snooze behind the car it had smashed.

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