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Family Risks $250,000 Fine To Save Baby Seal Because It's 'The Right Thing To Do'

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A New Zealand farmer was searching his property for new lambs, when he discovered an unexpected baby among the sheep.

Dee Knapp from Ivercargill, New Zealand, was walking along his Tuatapere property when he saw "a little blimp in the back of the paddock." As he stepped closer, he realized to his great surprise that it was actually a baby seal!

The farmer was shocked to find an adorable baby seal on his property, which is located 10km from the nearest beach. Lucky for us, he was filming as he came upon this adorable discovery.

Dee Knapp brought the lost seal into his home and waited until his children returned from school. He named the new little seal buddy Lucielle (a play on the words Lou Seal) and kept the baby company between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

When the Southland family called the Department of Conservation for guidance about what to do next with little Lucielle, but they were told to simply "let nature take it's course."

Well, the Knapp family knew that they couldn't stand by and watch Lucielle die. So they took matters into their own hands.

Find out why they decided to take the risk on the next page.

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