Nine orphaned sea lions have a new home in Peru.
A Peruvian environmental organization nursed the nine to health and returned them to the sea recently at the Palomino Islands, a few miles (kilometers) off the coast of Callao, the country’s main port.
After months of rehabilitation, the pups were loaded into pet carriers and placed on a boat to take them to sea.
The sea lions slid out of their dog-type pet carriers and dove over the side of the boat near a small island crowded with others of their species.
They eagerly dived into the water near the small island reserve where hundreds of other sea lions live.
ORCAs head Carlos Yaipen warned that their natural environment is being gravely damaged by over-fishing, making the animals more vulnerable than ever.
Carlos Yaipen heads the Organization for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals that cared for the nine for several months and freed them.
He says the animals lost their mothers off the coast. He says the sea lions’ environment is being harmed by overfishing, making the animals more vulnerable.
Sources | Associated Press / Reuters