Are you for seal?!

An adventurous young fur seal broke into a New Zealand family’s home — where it lounged around leisurely on the couch and claimed a spare room.

The Ross family, who live less than a mile from the shoreline in Mt. Maunganui, believe their uninvited house guest entered the home Wednesday by wiggling its way through the cat door.

Phil Ross said the intrepid marine mammal likely broke in when his wife left for the gym around 6 a.m.

The seal reportedly got in through the cat flap.
The seal reportedly got in through the cat flap.
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“As she got in the car, something barked from underneath and shuffled away,” he told The Guardian. “She thought it was someone’s dog…and didn’t really think too much of it.”

Jenn Ross returned to the home around 7 a.m., opening the door to find “a cute little seal” in the hallway.

“It got a bit of a fright and humped it’s way down the hallway into the spare room,” Phil Ross said.

The family believes the animal snuck in through the cat door after a testy encounter with their territorial feline, Coco.

“The cat would have gone to defend its territory and obviously the seal wasn’t as intimidated as some dogs are,” Ross explained. 

“So Coco must have bolted around the side of the house, into the cat flap, and the seal must have followed her.”

After exploring the spare room, the pup, whom the family nicknamed “Oscar,” lounged on the couch.

The Ross’ two children, Noah, 12, and Ari, 10, were welcoming to their new “pet” — who amazingly turned out to be a polite house guest.

“They thought it was cool and pretty exciting but were totally oblivious to the fact that…not many of their mates would have seals come to visit them,” Ross said, adding that the mammal didn’t destroy anything in the home or defecate inside.

His wife was eventually able to coax the young seal out to the yard before the Department of Conservation arrived to take the animal back to its proper home in the sea at 10 a.m.

The seal eventually ended up in the spare room.
The seal eventually ended up in the spare room.
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Ross, who happens to be a marine biologist, told The Guardian that it was not unusual for young seals to roam around in the area.

“I guess, like all teenagers, they don’t necessarily make sensible decisions,” he joked.

But the ocean life expert wasn’t home to witness the break-in.

“The big joke is that this is really the only family emergency where it would be useful to have a marine biologist in the house,” he mused. 

“I really missed my time to shine.”

Coco the cat, meanwhile, is still recovering from the ordeal.

After seeking refuge at the neighbor’s house, she still refuses to go downstairs and is “pretty clearly traumatized.”

Coco the cat is still a bit shaken up by the encounter.
Coco the cat is still a bit shaken up by the encounter.
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