Giant seal climbs onto hood of vehicle

Seal terrorizes Australian town
Tasmania Police via CNN

28 December, 2016

The seal, an adult male weighing around 440 pounds, was spotted just before 6:00 a.m. scrambling onto, off of and between cars, leaving dents and a broken windshield in his wake.

The official Facebook page of the police department in Tasmania, Australia posted pictures of the huge seal that was found roaming around neighborhoods and even sitting on the hood of a vehicle.

An Australian couple woke up Christmas morning to find a fur seal doing its best impression of a hood ornament on their vehicle, but residents of the town say this is not the first time a seal has tried to move in to the neighborhood.

He's optimistic that any damage to the cars can be repaired.

This is not the first time that a seal had been spotted in the neighbourhood.

Tasmania police and Parks & Wildlife are now pursuing the large animal that has escaped and made its way into the Launceston suburb of Newstead in the state's north-east on Monday.

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He was "collected" by police and Parks and Wildlife officers.

Tasmania police said the seal will be relocated and released after going through a medical check up.

"Tasmania Police thank the public for staying at a safe distance", a spokesperson said in a statement.

Tasmania has a large population of Australian fur seals.

It is thought to be the first time in Tasmania that one has ventured so far inland.

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