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Sammy the seal braves Irish road to beg for fish from restaurant

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Feb. 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

WICKLOW, Ireland, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A seal dubbed Sammy by residents of an Irish town was recorded engaging in his daily ritual: crossing a road to beg for fish from a seafood restaurant.

The video, filmed Sunday in Wicklow, shows Sammy flopping away from the Broad Lough river and shuffling into the street, pausing for a moment to avoid an oncoming car.

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A man who appears familiar with the seal's shenanigans attempts to ward him away by waving a chair and him and telling him to "go on" back to the river, but Sammy refuses to budge.

The man gives up after about a minute and goes inside the seafood restaurant on the other side of the road.

Sammy continues his trek across the road, eliciting barks from some confused canines, before the man emerges from the restaurant with a fish.

The man tosses the fish into the water and a pleased Sammy quickly hops into the river to enjoy his meal.

The proud seal pokes his head back out of the water after a few seconds to be loudly lectured by a dog who seems annoyed by the aquatic animal's behavior.

Sammy jumps back onto the shore at the end of the video in the apparent search for a second helping of fish.

"Why ... catch a fish on your own when you can grab a fish directly from the local fish restaurant?" the video's uploader wrote.

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