Young sea lion set free off Peruvian coast

A young sea lion, nicknamed Ringo, is guided towards the edge of a coast guard boat in the Pacific waters off Peru, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The 1½-year-old male sea lion was returned to his Pacific home, in the Palomino Islands, after six weeks of care by an animal advocacy group. Sebastian Castañeda, AP

LIMA, Peru - A young sea lion found severely wounded on a beach in Lima, Peru, has been returned to his Pacific home after six weeks of care by an animal advocacy group.

The 1 1/2-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 his head and left eye. Members of the group suspect 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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A young sea lion, nicknamed Ringo, dives off a coast guard boat into the Pacific waters off Peru, near the port of El Callao, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Sebastian Castañeda, AP

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