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Seal rescued after crossing Canadian highway

A seal was given a ride back to the ocean in Prince Edward Island, Canada, after the animal was spotted crossing a highway and heading into a field in the opposite direction from the water.  Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
A seal was given a ride back to the ocean in Prince Edward Island, Canada, after the animal was spotted crossing a highway and heading into a field in the opposite direction from the water.  Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Police in Canada's Prince Edward Island said they wrangled a loose seal for the second time in a week after one of the animals was spotted crossing a highway.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Prince Edward Island said officers stationed in the Queens district were called out Tuesday on a report of a seal pup crossing a highway near Fairview and headed toward a field, in the opposite direction from the water.

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A member of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans joined in the search, and the team used a snowmobile and a drone to locate the wandering seal.

The seal was loaded onto the snowmobile and taken back to the road, where a Department of Fisheries and Oceans vehicle was waiting to transport the animal to the north shore for release.

The rescue came only days after a seal was found wandering down a sidewalk in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, about a half-mile away from the nearest water. That seal also was given a ride back to the shore and released.

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