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Injured sea lion set free off Peruvian coast

Saturday - 6/14/2014, 5:26am  ET

A young sea lion, nicknamed Ringo, looks out from a pet carrier aboard a boat, that is transporting him to his natural habitat, at Port El Callao, Peru, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The 1½-year-old male sea lion was found by Peruvian members of the Organization for Research and Conversation of Aquatic Animals in April with serious injuries to its head and left eye. On Wednesday members of the advocacy group returned Ringo via a coast guard boat to his Pacific home, the Palomino Islands, after six weeks of care. (AP Photo/Sebastian Castañeda)

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A young sea lion found severely wounded on a beach in Peru's capital was returned to his Pacific home Wednesday after six weeks of care by an animal advocacy group.

The 1½-year-old male sea lion, nicknamed Ringo, was found by Peruvian members of the Organization for Research and Conversation of Aquatic Animals in April with serious injuries to its head and left eye. Members of the group suspected fisherman beat the animal.

On Wednesday, members of the group carried Ringo to a coast guard boat, which delivered him to an island populated by dozens of sea lions. Ringo promptly jumped into the Pacific to join them.


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