Lost Elephant Seal Causes Stir in a Chilean Town Before Locals Escort it Home

An elephant seal as big as a compact car brought a Chilean town to a standstill on Monday. The colossal creature took a detour through the residential streets of Puerto Cisnes, in southern Patagonia, before being ushered back to its oceanic abode by the town’s inhabitants.


This mammoth animal navigated through ten blocks of the residential area, causing local authorities to jump into action.

Police, navy officials, and the residents collaborated in blocking off the streets, leading further inland with vehicles and plastic tarps. This same tarpaulin became the guiding path to lead the seal back to its aquatic home.


Kind-hearted locals went the extra mile, ensuring the seal’s hydration by splashing it with bucketfuls of water. The seal returned to the ocean just as 2,500 residents prepared for their coronavirus curfew.

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This giant elephant seal made it around ten blocks into the Chilean town of Puerto Cisnes before locals blocked its path further inland and guided it back to the ocean. Source: Daily Mail

Radio presenter Manuel Novoa of Radio Autentica FM captured the heartwarming rescue operation.

He praised the community spirit, saying, “It’s just a few feet from the sea now. The neighbors’ efforts have been phenomenal. They’re allowing it time to rest because it’s covered around ten blocks and must be exhausted.”


A local dog joined the entourage, excitedly wagging its tail and running behind the seal as it flopped toward the water. The town erupted into applause as the seal disappeared into the ocean, weaving through the anchored fishing boats.

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Using tarpaulin, the locals were able to block the seal from going further inland and also guide it back through the streets toward the ocean. Source: Daily Mail

Navy Captain Christian Reyes Jofre thanked the local community and warned people to keep a safe distance from such animals to avoid causing them stress or disorientation.

The unusual incident is thought to have occurred due to the town’s quiet streets during the coronavirus lockdown and curfew.


Antonia, a resident, said, “My son spotted it first, and he was scared initially. It’s not every day you see an elephant seal this close, alone in a residential area.”

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In one video, a local is seen squirting water over the seal to keep it hydrated as it appears helpless and stranded on the street of the town. Source: Daily Mail

Southern elephant seals, like the one found in Puerto Cisnes, were nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century.

Since then, their population has rebounded. These seals, named for their elephant-like noses, can hold their breath for more than 100 minutes and spend around 80% of their lives in the water.

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The seal had shuffled around ten blocks into the town before locals blocked its path and turned it back in the right direction. Source: Daily Mail
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Local poured buckets of water over the seal to keep it hydrated and stopped to give it regular breaks to make sure it did not get exhausted. Source: Daily Mail
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A dog was even seen joining in at one point, wagging its tail as it ran up to the army of helpers running behind the elephant seal. Source: Daily Mail
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Once it saw the ocean, it sped up its belly-flops and, to its relief and that of the locals, successfully returned to its natural habitat just in time for the coronavirus curfew. Source: Daily Mail

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Canidae Pet Food Reviews: An In-Depth Look

Choosing the right pet food is crucial for the health and well-being of our furry friends. In this blog post, we'll delve deep into Canidae pet food, a popular choice among pet owners, and provide an in-depth review based on various sources.

Canidae is a well-known brand in the pet food industry, offering a range of products designed to cater to pets of all ages, breeds, and sizes.

Product Range:

  • Canidae All-Life Stages (Dry): This vet-formulated product suits dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. It's available in both dry and wet formulas.
  •  Canidae Pure: A limited-ingredient diet crafted for dogs with food sensitivities. Each recipe typically includes 7 to 10 ingredients.

Key Ingredients

The Canidae All Life Stages Multi Protein Formula, which represents the brand's product line, contains ingredients like chicken meal, turkey meal, brown rice, peas, oatmeal, and barley. Chicken meal, the primary ingredient, is a meat concentrate with nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

Recalls and Safety

Canidae has had recalls in the past. It's essential to stay updated with the brand's recall history to ensure your pet's safety.

Customer Reviews

The Canidae Dog Food product line has earned an overall rating of 4.5 stars from The Dog Food Advisor. The Canidae All Life Stages Dog Food has received the Advisor's second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros: High protein content, suitable for all life stages, contains beneficial ingredients like flaxseed and taurine.
  •  Cons: It contains some controversial ingredients, and not all minerals are chelated, which might affect absorption.


Canidae All Life Stages is a grain-inclusive dry dog food that uses a notable amount of named meat meals as its primary source of animal protein. With an above-average protein content and a profile suggesting a significant amount of meat, it comes highly recommended for pet owners.