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Cops corral slippery seal on jaunt through New York town

RIVERHEAD, NY (AP) – A wayward seal has been captured after an early morning foray through a Long Island, New York, town.

Police in Southampton said they received a call at approximately 6.30am on Sunday from a person who saw the roving mammal, later identified as a phocid, or earless seal, in the parking lot of a store about 150 metres from the Peconic River in Riverhead.

When officers arrived, the seal fled southwest toward a motel but eventually was corralled and taken into custody.

The seal was handed over to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation for evaluation, according to police.

Police in Southampton received a call about a seal in the roadway. PHOTO: SOUTHAMPTON TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT/FACEBOOK