The Sydney Opera House played host to a new kind of performer on Thursday morning - one that was especially furry.
A three-year-old New Zealand fur seal was observed sunning himself happily on the steps of the famous Australian performing arts center around 3 or 4 a.m., and remained basking in his newfound sunspot until well after 2 p.m.
Some spectators were alarmed by the seal's presence, and it is believed that one bystander even called the police on the little creature, though this has not been confirmed.
Authorities took care to make sure the little fellow was not disturbed by passersby. Opera House spokeswoman Kate Huish told The Sydney Morning Herald, "We've had to barrier the area a little bit so people aren't leaning over and getting too close, so there's no safety concern ... He's very healthy from what I'm told. We've got a couple of guys from Parks and Wildlife keeping an eye on him. He's very happy, he's just in the sun, it's a great spot."
According to a tweet made by the NSW environment department, it is possible that the little seal was actually thermoregulating his temperature, as opposed to simply "sunning."