19:50 Friday, 11 January 2019
The cute creatures don’t have the town’s seal of approval.
Residents in a town on the island of Newfoundland are finding seals everywhere – on the roads, in their driveways, in car parks, at the petrol station, and even at their front doors.
The mammals first started appearing in Roddickton-Bide Arm, a coastal town of 1,000, around Christmas.
Few out for a crawl today pic.twitter.com/Qbb5pazTmD
— Brendon FitzPatrick (@BrendonFitzPat3) January 6, 2019
It’s normal for harp seals to come ashore for a time as they migrate south from the Arctic, but they’re now stranded due to water at the coastline freezing over.
Several dozens of the animals are unable to return to the ocean and residents are distressed as they watch them search for food and water.
And there’s nothing they can do as it’s against Canadian law to touch marine mammals.
The town’s mayor Sheila Fitzgerald told CTV News that something has to be done:
“This is disturbing for the residents to watch. We are getting inundated with phone calls from people that are saying, ‘You’ve gotta do something. The seals are in my driveway,’ or ‘The seals, I see them suffering.'”
One on its way to the gas station pic.twitter.com/rurN3Ghhyu
— Brendon FitzPatrick (@BrendonFitzPat3) January 5, 2019
Roddickton-Bide Arm has asked for assistance from the Canadian government.
It’s now hoped the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will intervene and rescue the seals.