Victorian farmers shocked as seal turns up at dairy farm

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A Victorian dairy farmer couldn't believe her eyes after a seal appeared on her farm – despite being 30km away from the coast.

Karli McGee discovered the seal on her property in Simpson in the state's southwest on Sunday.

In video Ms McGee shared to Facebook, the seal can be seen frolicking in a luscious, green field as bemused cattle watch on from a distance.

The seal was discovered in a cow paddock. Source: Facebook/ Karli McGee
The seal was discovered in a cow paddock. Source: Facebook/ Karli McGee

"As many have seen we had an unexpected visitor. Cows weren’t sure what to think," she explained.

Ms McGee's family first mistook the seal for a pig, she told ABC Ballarat's breakfast program.

"When it got up and started moving, we saw it was definitely not a pig, it was a seal," she said.

Seal on the move

Melbourne Zoo has been contacted and are in charge of the recovery of the seal, however the operation may prove tricky with the seal on the move.

It has since moved to a neighbouring farm, Ms McGhee's parent's property.

"My parents are trying to track him every day through his slide marks, you can see where he has been through the grass," she said.

Ms McGee said she believed the seal was hungry and in search of food and had travelled to Simpson via rivers.

It comes a month after a South Australian farmer discovered a baby seal on his Eyre Peninsula farm 3km from the ocean.

Farmer Ty Kayden put the pup in the back of his ute and drove it back to the beach.

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