Seal pup almost strangled by discarded thong at 'Lover's Leap' beauty spot
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When we think of threats to sea coast creatures such as seals and birds, it brings up distressing images of shredded fishing nets, plastic drink loops and other left or forgotten rubbish that act as death sentences and forms of animal danger on the beaches. However, what we do not think of, is the deathly threat of... the thong. Thongs were invented long ago, in the ancient time of loincloths and other strapping clothing options. Originally worn by men, thongs have been adopted by women for fashion reasons (VPL, Double VPL= Visible panty line, very visible panty line) and it seems, now, adopted by this baby seal on the ‘Lovers Leap’ on the South coast of New Zealand. Whether the unknown lover ‘leaped’ out of their underwear, or indeed had such a rendezvous that they forgot their intimates, this poor seal pup nearly strangled to death as a result. The seal pup was spotted by a local walker, who saw the pup in distress before contacting the local Department of Conservation and their trusty team. After an hour search on the rocky Cliffside and further struggles to remain the seal pup calm whilst it was freed of its surprising new outfit, the g-string was cut away and the seal pup returned to the way nature intended. In a bid to find the owner of the raunchy garment, the Department of Conservation decided to frame and upload the undies onto an eBay-like site, Trade Me, where the thong raised £70 for local wildlife conservations including that of the The Million Dollar Mouse Foundation, who focus on removing problem mice from New Zealand’s Antipodes Islands where they steal the native bird’s eggs and wreak general mousy havoc. So luckily, this time the seal is safe, and the mice are getting the boot. But the real moral of the story is, if you’re going to get amorous on the beach one night, remember your knickers, as it could save someone’s life.