A seal’s journey so far from the ocean will remain a mystery, as the SPCA is unsure of how it got there in the first place.
Santa the seal, as she was affectionately referred to by onlookers, was found walking along Jakes Gerwel Drive near Klipfontein Road before being safely secured and returned to the sea by the SPCA’s Wildlife Unit.
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On Wednesday, 21 December, Alderman JP Smith posted to social media about a seal that was found walking down Jake’s Gerwel Drive at Klipfontein Road.
“The mysterious circumstances of its arrival will be investigated by the SPCA. The Cape Fur Seal is only found around our local waters and is one of the strongest, most muscular seals. When provoked, it can deliver a nasty bite.”
The SPCA proposed two theories: it swam into a canal and was washed away by strong currents, or it was captured and dumped after its captor learned how expensive fish was, perhaps as a strange Christmas present for someone’s mother-in-law.
Her holiday shopping will have to wait, though, because Santa the seal skipped into the water and swam away with a wave of her flipper.
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