A tiny town has been overrun with ‘cute’ but confused seals

The small Canadian town of Roddickton-Bide Arm is teeming with dozens of seals that have wandered inland after winter weather cut off their access to the ocean.

The town’s mayor told USA TODAY on Thursday that approximately 40 stranded seals recently have been living among the town’s 999 people. Sheila Fitzgerald said she has sought help from Canadian authorities to help the animals find their way back to the sea.

“They’re so cute,” she said, noting that the story had “stolen the hearts of so many people.” 

But for many residents, the experience is also heartbreaking, she said. To her, it’s obvious the animals are struggling and suffering.

Fitzgerald says that two seals have died this week, in what she believes is a traffic accident. The animals blend in with sand and snow covered roads she said.

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