Environmentalists free orphaned sea lions near Peru capital | Video

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.

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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.

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They eagerly dived into the water near the small island reserve where hundreds of other sea lions live.

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ORCAs head Carlos Yaipen warned that their natural environment is being gravely damaged by over-fishing, making the animals more vulnerable than ever.

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Carlos Yaipen heads the Organization for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals that cared for the nine for several months and freed them.

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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

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