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Uh, Yeah, This Is Ours Now

The historically long federal government shutdown had lots of repercussions across America, most of them bad. But for a large colony of elephant seals, the shutdown was as good as hanging out a welcome sign. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the shutdown furloughed rangers who normally keep tabs on the beaches at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. With humans not keeping them away, a big group of the massive marine mammals took over the popular Drake’s Beach area. When the shutdown ended, they pretty much said, “Too bad, so sad, this is ours now.” And with as many as 60 elephant seals now inhabiting the place, along with approximately 35 new pups having been birthed there, they are definitely not going anywhere else anytime soon.