Police in California responded to reports of an “otter” in need of assistance and discovered the animal was actually a fur seal pup that had “flapped” across a road.
The San Rafael Police Department said officers responded to a report of an otter spotted near an intersection and arrived to find the animal was a baby fur seal that officers nicknamed Ivy.
“‘Ivy’ was located after she flapped across the roadway narrowly avoiding being hit by several cars,” the department said in a Facebook post.
The department said northern fur seals are typically found 600 miles off the coast and live their lives at sea.
Police contacted the Marine Mammal Center and volunteers responded to the scene to collect the seal.
“Ivy will spend some time under care at the center,” police said.