Notorious elephant seal gives birth

2016-01-05 19:16
The elephant seal and her pup are being cared for at the Point Reyes national seashore reserve in California. (Jim Rolka, AP)

The elephant seal and her pup are being cared for at the Point Reyes national seashore reserve in California. (Jim Rolka, AP)

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San Francisco - An elephant seal that tied up traffic in northern California last week has given birth.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the birth happened five days after the 400kg seal first tried to cross a busy highway.

Rescue crews on Wednesday last week tranquilised the wayward seal that snarled traffic for two days by trying to cross the highway several times.

The wandering seal appeared healthy and fit, but experts thought she might be pregnant.

Before the seal was tranquilised, a rescue worker in a kayak used a bullhorn to yell at the animal and try to scare her back into open water. The effort failed.

She was not injured.

Officials said they have no idea why the seal was determined to get away from the bay.

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