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This one's just right! Seal pup snuggles up on couch

Dec. 15, 2011 at 7:29 AM ET

Talk about making yourself at home! A New Zealand seal pup decided to pull a Goldilocks and find a couch that was, well, just right.

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A New Zealand fur seal pup curls up on the couch of a private home in Welcome Bay, Tauranga in New Zealand on Dec. 11.

A woman found the pup curled up her couch in Welcome Bay, New Zealand.

Christopher Clark / New Zealand Department of Conservation /
The tiny creature made a strange journey to the couch. It's likely the pup lost its way while mom was away foraging for food.

According to New Zealand's Department of Conservation, the seal had traveled from the nearby harbor, across a road, up a driveway, through a cat door and into the property owner's living room, where it made itself comfortable on the couch.

 

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"I thought, 'I'm hallucinating; this is just wrong,'" said Annette Swoffer, the woman whose couch got a little visitor.

"I thought, 'I'm hallucinating; this is just wrong,'" said Annette Swoffer, the woman who owns the couch-turned-seal bed, to the New Zealand Herald. "Then it looks at me with those huge brown eyes. It was so cute, but I didn't touch it because you don't with wild animals." The seal pup may have become disoriented while traveling; occasionally they've been known to wander inland, said the Department of Conservation, while their mothers are away foraging for food. 

Mish Whalen, (Senior Multimedia Editor) lives in Brooklyn, where she’s never found a seal curled up on her couch.

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