Seal Pup Rides Out Storm in Car, Picture Goes Viral

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Meet the world's sweetest backseat driver. According to the Scottish SPCA, the charity rescued a seal pup from stormy weather in Stranraer, Scotland, giving him a ride to safety in the front seat of a car.

Workers at a ferry terminal spotted the seal splashing around in a flooded parking lot during stormy weather. The animal had sought refuge in the lot from the choppy waters and 50 mph winds battering its usual habitat. After failing to encourage the pup back into the nearby water, the ferry employees called the SPCA.

The SPCA rescuer showed up soon after and transported the seal to a nearby animal center. The adorable newborn was originally carefully placed in the trunk of the car for safety, but managed to work his way to the front seat.

"Normally, we'd ask people to leave seals alone until we arrive but there was a risk he could have been injured in the busy lorry park so a member of staff put him in their car until I got there. However, the seal managed to escape from the boot by pushing down one of the rear seats and wriggling up onto the dashboard," Animal Rescue Officer Alistair Hill shared. "He is clearly a very smart seal as he ended up watching the storm out the windscreen of the car from his warm, dry spot on the dash."

The seal's impressive escapades have earned him quite the online following and the name Smartie. A picture of Smartie's dashboard journey appeared on Reddit, quickly earning over 500,000 views and plenty of gushing comments.

The pup genius is now recuperating from his wild ride at a national wildlife center. Workers at the center say that Smartie is recovering nicely and has already regained most of his strength. The center hopes to release the pup back into the wild in a month.

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We should start paying attention. Sometimes they make more sense than we humans.

Escape and look to the light.

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Leah Jamison

OMG I'm done

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