Mayhem as Elephant seal size of car parks up in Chilean town

When a three-tonne Elephant seal parks up in your neighbourhood, you know about it.

On Monday, residents of the town of Puerto Cisnes, in Chilean Patagonia were surprised to discover the giant marine mammal – shimmying up the streets of the residential area.

The confused animal had come ashore and beached itself on a curbside. It’s easy to get an impression of the size of the creature from pictures of it, lumbering beside parked cars.

Following the coronavirus crisis Chile has enforced a curfew on urban areas. As the streets emptied of humans after hours, it appears the ungainly animal decided to move in. In spite of its lack of grace on land.

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