The woman's unique reason for not being able to make it to work made the day for many in Australia as well as social media users across the world.
We all need a break from work sometimes. This can often mean coming up with creative and believable excuses to tell one's boss. It can also lead to people making up absurd and mundane excuses in a desperate effort not to go to work. A Tasmanian woman had no problem coming up with a reason to stay home and had one of the most unique excuses ever to do so.
Amber Harris was in for a hilarious surprise when she saw her driveway being blocked by Neil, a popular southern elephant seal. Neil luxuriously positioned himself in such a way that Harris could not pull her car out without endangering the animal. According to a video by ABC News Australia on YouTube, the seal moved quite a bit of distance from the beach before he got tired and decided to make a quick stop at Harris's house.
Harris said, "I heard a noise outside and I thought that somebody was trying to break into my car." She looked out of the window, only to see Neil's adorable face greeting her. Neil also "squashed" her letterbox. Harris reflected on the situation, saying, "I think it's going to go down as the best excuse in the history of not going to work."
Local residents said that it was quite unusual for Neil to come so far away from the beach. Neil has been spotted by many people around beaches in the area for quite some time now. Sometime later, Neil made his way back to the beach. Harris got a day off from work and Neil got a fun day out. Harris will surely remember this incident for many years to come.
Seals seem to be getting into a lot of mischief lately. A few months back, a seal wandered into the Whangārei branch of Bunnings, located on the northern island of New Zealand, in the morning. The adorable juvenile fur seal, locally known as a "kekeno," was seen to be exploring the store. It initially arrived at the delivery yard, where employees used boxes containing heavy equipment to guide the seal into an impromptu enclosure.
The store's manager, Sara Yates, thought her Goods Inwards (GI) team was playing a prank on her when she got a call from them at 6:30 am about the seal's entry. Yates got to the store to discover that the seal was making its way toward the interior lights. In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, she said, "While keeping clear from it, we tried a couple of times to barricade it so it didn't go inside, but we quickly learned she was a smart one and actually held a bit of weight behind her as a couple of teams tried to use shields to divert her back outside from inside GI and the back wall."
Yates also shared how the seal was quite fast and required some attention to keep from escaping the enclosure. However, the seal soon found its way inside the store, which is when the team made an enclosure to "wall" the animal in. Yates contacted the Department of Conservation (DOC) and released the seal safely at Retoahi, a location designated as a marine life reserve.