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Gray Seal Wiggles its way to Maine Hospital
03/08/2013 03:05 PM ET  

The seal was a female a few months old that apparently made its way from the nearby Fore River and wiggled up a hill to the hospital entrance.

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Originally Aired: 3/8/2013 3:00 PM
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Mercy Hospital in Portland had an unexpected visitor early this morning - a young gray seal. The seal was discovered on the hospital's doorstep by workers from Seabreeze Property Service, which was on the hospital grounds to clear snow, according to The Portland Press Herald.

Seabreeze employee Mike Gherrien, of Buxton, told the paper that the seal was about three feet long and was wiggling around. It was a female seal a few months old, the paper reports, that apparently made its way from the nearby Fore River and wiggled up a hill to the hospital entrance.

Gherrien says he and other workers at the company guided the seal back down toward the river, and it reluctantly got back into the water and swam away.

Marine Mammals of Maine, which rescues wayward marine animals, was eventually contacted, but the seal had already taken off before Executive Director Lynda Doughty was able to get to the scene.

Doughty told the paper that it's not unusual for seals to turn up on land. She says people who discover a seal should, in most cases, leave it alone and contact the group.




 

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