'Shoebert' the gray seal who managed to evade rescue in Massachusetts pond, surrenders to Beverly police
According to Beverly Police Department, the gray seal showed up the next day outside the door of the local police station appearing as if ‘asking for some help’
BEVERLY, MASSACHUSSETS: A runaway seal surrendered in the early hours of Friday, September 23, according to the Beverly Police Department. A gray seal that probably wandered into a Massachusetts pond and escaped authorities repeated pursuit to rescue it on Thursday, September 22, had become quite a sensation locally. She was given the name ‘Shoebert’ after the name of the pond, in which it chose to hide in.
The gray seal had first shown up earlier this month in Shoe Pond, city of Beverly, northeast of Boston. If animal experts are to be believed, Shoebert must travel to the pond from the sea via river and drainage pipes. Though firefighters and wildlife experts had employed several means, such as boats and giant nets in vain, to capture the sneaky animal and had to give up "hours of fruitless attempt."
According to Beverly Police Department, the gray seal showed up the next day outside the door of the local police station appearing as if "asking for some help." It was soon contained by a team of wildfire experts, firefighters, and the police department’s "entire midnight shift," posted by the Beverly Police Department on their official Facebook page. It read, “Shoebert appeared to be in good health and was a little sassy in the early morning hours.”
The authorities handed over the seal to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. There, a team of aquarium staff will be performing a medical examination and then releasing him back again from where it probably came. The update on Shoebert was provided by Sarah Callan, manager of the aquarium’s animal rescue program via an email.
“He is acting like a typical, feisty, 4-year-old gray seal. We are planning to release him in a quiet, remote location near other seals,” Callan wrote.