Slippery Seal leads Southampton Police on city raid – NBC New York

What there is to know

  • A skittish seal has been captured after an early morning foray into a town on Long Island, New York.
  • Southampton Police said they received a call around 6.30am on Sunday from a person who saw the roaming mammal, later identified as a phocid or earless seal, in the car park of a drinks store about 150 meters (500 feet) of the Peconic River at Riverhead.
  • When officers arrived, the seal fled southwest toward the Budget Host Inn, but was eventually rounded up and taken into custody. The seal was turned over to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation for evaluation, according to police.

A skittish seal has been captured after an early morning foray into a town on Long Island, New York.

Southampton Police said they received a call around 6.30am on Sunday from a person who saw the roaming mammal, later identified as a phocid or earless seal, in the car park of a drinks store about 150 meters (500 feet) of the Peconic River at Riverhead.

When officers arrived, the seal fled southwest toward the Budget Host Inn, but was eventually rounded up and taken into custody.

The seal was turned over to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation for evaluation, according to police.

The City of Southampton Police Department confirmed the adorable find with a series of photos of the seal lying in the middle of the street posted on their Facebook page.

“Earlier today, 911 dispatchers in Southampton Town received a call about a seal on the roadway at the Riverside roundabout. Some of our officers responded and found a harbor seal pup on the roadway near the Budget Host Inn. Our officers were able to hold the seal until the seal was taken into custody by the Riverhead Foundation,” reads the police department’s Facebook post.

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