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Bay Harbour: September 13, 2017

Bay Harbour: September 13,

FREE Wednesday sePTeMBeR 13 2017 379 7100 Bay Harbour News Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Brookhaven, Heathcote, Ferrymead ,Redcliffs, Mt. Pleasant, Sumner, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay, Akaroa Black Billed Gull YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL Mark Gardner p: (03) 331 6757 m: 021 633 669 e: Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd (Licensed REAA 2008) House guest gets seal of approval Luseal spends night in family’s bathroom PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER EXCITED: Larrissa McEwin with her children Harvey, 2, and Lyiah, 5, near where the seal pup was found at the top of Gebbies Pass. Named Luseal, by the family, it spent a night in the family’s bathroom before being released back to the wild the following day. • By Sarla Donovan WHEN LARRISSA McEwin’s husband, Finn, found a seal pup at the top of Gebbies Pass, she wasn’t expecting it to spend the night in her bathroom. But that’s exactly what happened. The couple’s house is halfway between Teddington and Motukarara, several minutes drive along narrow, winding roads, so how the seal pup got there is a mystery. “It was there in the car park near the walking track, right near where we live. My husband called me up and said: ‘What do I do?’ It was a Friday evening, there was a storm arriving and there’s boy racers everywhere up there on a Friday.” She called the Department of Conservation, who asked if she was okay to have it for the night and return it to the beach the following day. “I was a bit surprised. I said sure – but how do you look after a seal? I didn’t have any fresh fish in the house. We opened a tin of tuna for it which it didn’t eat of course. It slept on the floor in the bathroom. It was a very good house guest, didn’t make much noise at all. We poked our heads in every now and then to check on it, and there were its wee eyes looking up at us – it was gorgeous! I’d love to have kept it.’’ •Turn to page 6 Alfresco Dining at its best NOW OPEN 7 DAYS Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 25 Esplanade, Sumner | Ph. 326 7226