By David Matthews
New York Daily News
CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada — Can you put handcuffs on flippers?
A neighborhood in Prince Edward Island, Canada was thrown into chaos recently after a loose seal dropped in and started wiggling up and down the street.
Lillian Reynolds, of Charlottetown, told the CBC she was making coffee Sunday morning when she spotted the slippery mammal out her window.
“I had to take a double-take because I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Reynolds said.
She sprang into action, calling police and rushing outside to make sure the seal didn’t get hurt. Her only problem? The seal didn’t seem to want her or anyone’s help.
“He was, I think, probably cursing at me in seal language,” Reynolds said. “He was quite upset, but I don’t blame him. I would be, too.
“I just said, you know, ‘We’re going to take care of you, don’t worry about it.’ Then he was like ‘arr, arr, arr’ at me.”
In more than a foot of snow, the arriving officers had great difficulty corralling the feisty fish-eater.
“He was slipping and sliding off the blanket,” Reynolds said. “It was just like a TV show.”
The officers were able to wrap the animal up in a blanket, and they agreed he was a rude dude with a real attitude.
“He was feisty. Yeah, he was a little feisty, not real co-operative,” constable Justin Drake said.
The officers consulted with federal wildlife officials before releasing the seal back into a nearby body of water.
According to the CBC, the number of reports of free-roaming seals spotted in Canada this winter has risen because of a lack of sea ice, forcing animals to seek solid ground on land to perform a number of seal services, like give birth.
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