En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists free nine or­phaned sea lions

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

OFF THE COAST OF CALLAO, Peru: 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 on Fri­day at the Palomino Is­lands, a few miles off the coast of Callao, the coun­try’s main port. 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. 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. — AP

A group of young sea lions are let out of pet car­ri­ers be­fore re­lease into their nat­u­ral habi­tat, in the coastal wa­ters of the Palomino Is­lands. — AP

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