Tails of survival

Rescued seal pup adorably rests on car dashboard

Jan. 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM ET

Smartie managed to escape from the trunk by pushing down one of the rear seats and wriggling up onto the dashboard.

A seal pup can make quite the dashboard ornament.

Ferry workers found that out earlier this month after rescuing a 6-week-old pup they found wandering around a busy port in Cairnryan, Scotland.

After struggling unsuccessfully to return the seal to the water, one worker put him in the trunk of his car while waiting for the Scottish SPCA to arrive. But according to the nonprofit, the pup, named Smartie, decided he'd rather chill out in a different part of the vehicle, and pushed down one of the back seats to get to the dashboard.

"He is clearly a very smart seal, as he ended up watching the storm out the windscreen of the car from his warm, dry spot on the dash," said Alistair Hill, the SPCA officer who rescued Smartie.

The seal pup is recovering at the SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre and hopefully will be returned to the wild soon.

“We hope to return Smartie to the wild in about a month’s time," Hill said. "But only when we’re sure he’s fully fit and able to fend for himself.”

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