Seal breaks into New Zealand house and lazes on the couch

Are you for seals?!

An adventurous young fur seal broke into a New Zealand family’s home – where they lounged comfortably on the couch and claimed a vacant room.

The Ross family, who live less than a mile from shore in Mt. Maunganui, believe their uninvited houseguest entered the home on Wednesday by wriggling through the cat door.

Phil Ross said the intrepid marine mammal probably caved in while his wife was heading to the gym around 6am

The seal reportedly entered through the cat flap.
The seal reportedly entered through the cat flap.
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“As she got into the car, something barked from below and shuffled away,” he told the Guardian. “She thought it was someone’s dog … and didn’t really think much about it.”

Jenn Ross returned to the house around 7 a.m. and opened the door to find “a cute little seal” in the hallway.

“He got a little startled and hobbled down the hall to the guest room,” said Phil Ross.

The family believe the animal snuck in through the cat door after an irritated encounter with their territorial cat, Coco.

“The cat would have left to defend its territory and obviously the seal wasn’t as intimidated as some dogs are,” Ross explained.

“So Coco must have shot the cat flap around the wall of the house and the seal must have followed her.”

After exploring the guest bedroom, the pup, who the family dubbed “Oscar,” lounged on the couch.

The Ross’s two children, Noah, 12, and Ari, 10, welcomed their new ‘pet’ – who surprisingly turned out to be a suave houseguest.

“They thought it was cool and pretty exciting, but didn’t realize the fact that … not a lot of their buddies let seals come to visit,” Ross said, adding that the mammal didn’t destroy anything in the house or defecate in it.

His wife was eventually able to persuade the young seal into the yard before the Department of Conservation arrived to return the animal to its proper ocean home at 10am

The seal ended up in the guest room.
The seal ended up in the guest room.
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Ross, who happens to be a marine biologist, told The Guardian that it’s not uncommon to see young seals roaming the area.

“I think like all teenagers, they don’t necessarily make sensible choices,” he joked.

But the marine expert wasn’t home to witness the break-in.

“The big joke is that this is really the only family emergency where it would make sense to have a marine biologist on the house,” he mused.

“I really missed my time to shine.”

Meanwhile, Coco the cat is still recovering from the ordeal.

After taking refuge at the house next door, she still refuses to go downstairs and is “pretty clearly traumatized.”

Coco the cat is still a little shaken from the encounter.
Coco the cat is still a little shaken from the encounter.
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JACLYN DIAZ

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