Australian woman gets fright of her life in cemetery toilet - thanks to napping seal

A 120kg fur seal named Sammy, in a cage after he had been found napping in the toilets at a local cemetery in Devonport, Tasmania.
A 120kg fur seal named Sammy, in a cage after he had been found napping in the toilets at a local cemetery in Devonport, Tasmania.PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - A woman using the toilets at a local cemetery in Australia had the fright of her life after finding a large fur seal napping in the cubicle.

The discovery of the 120kg animal was even more surprising as it was half a kilometre from the nearest water.

"We thought it was a practical joke when we were told," Ms Karina Moore from Devonport Council in north-west Tasmania state told AFP on Wednesday (July 27).

"It's a big mystery. It's very unusual to find a seal so far inland.

"There's a small creek about half a kilometre away but he would still have had to cross a busy road and several paddocks to make it to the cemetery."


Sammy being released back into the wild. PHOTO: AFP/DEVONPORT CITY COUNCIL

The council called in Parks and Wildlife officials who sedated the seal, which they named Sammy, before moving it to a local beach and releasing it.

Wildlife biologist Rachel Alderman told ABC radio that Australian fur seals were common around Tasmania.

"They're a really abundant species all around Tasmania, particularly in Bass Strait, and we've had them turn up in paddocks, people's backyards, and now we can add a toilet block in a cemetery to the list," she said.