Why did the baby seal cross a San Francisco highway? To get to Hayward

Disney has never made a movie about a baby seal that left the ocean and then got lost in the city.

But if they do, they can cast Pipester, a seal that managed to waddle out of the Pacific before slithering roughly four miles across Interstate 880 in Hayward, Calif. The baby seal was found Wednesday cozying up amid some shrubs outside of a business.

Someone spotted the seal flopping around in the bushes at about 6 a.m. and called the authorities, according to the Hayward Police Department.

“Sometimes when people call to report an incident, the things they are telling us aren't exactly what is occurring. After all, how could a seal come from the water, cross I-880 and be on the east side of Hayward?” police said in a statement. “We were thinking it was probably a possum or weird cat, but the caller insisted it was a seal. Well, lo and behold, it was a seal.”

Pipester was a bit dehydrated and malnourished, but will likely recover and later be released into the ocean, police said.

This is not the first time the baby seal has wandered away from the sea.

The Marine Mammal Center said the seal was originally rescued on Nov. 7 at Moss Landing Harbor, a year-round port near the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Center.

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