As another weekend drew to a close and the Monday workday loomed, the manager of a New Zealand hardware store was opening for business when her staff came and told her the strangest thing.
Seals found in Bunnings tend to be for windows or pipes, and don’t typically come with whiskers or flippers.
At 6:30 am, a New Zealand fur seal wandered into the Bunnings location in Whangārei, on New Zealand’s north island, and was walking around the isles.
Coming in through the delivery yard, the Bunnings team quickly corralled the seal with heavy boxes of ovens, dishwashers, and other heavy appliances to create a makeshift pen.
“I’m so proud of my team as they troubleshot this very random Monday morning situation,” Sara Yates told Yahoo News Australia.
They then called the Department of Conservation to haul the intruder back to Reotahi marine reserve, where it could go back to eating fish, lounging on the beach, and steadily growing up to 278 pounds (126 kg).
Seals are often found in unexpected places in New Zealand said DoC science advisor, Laura Boren.
“Despite it happening every winter, it takes people by surprise,” she said.
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