Sea Lion Suffocated With Nylon For Month Freed

CENPublished: May 22, 2018
Published: May 22, 2018

Ana Martinez

This is the touching moment when a near-strangled sea lion that struggled to breathe for over a month after nylon cord tangled round its neck was herded back towards the sea.

In April, residents of Caldera, a city in the northern Chilean region of Atacama, reported the injured South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens) on social networks.

It was spotted near the fishing port with the nylon cord wrapped around its stocky neck.

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) went to the site and tried to help the sea lion, but it escaped and slipped into the ocean.

Experts searched for the sea mammal for over a month before local authorities eventually tracked it down.

It was located near the coast of Caldera and was suffering from its neck injury, according to Sernapesca workers.

In charming footage of the animal’s release, a dozen rescuers use wooden shields to form a tunnel that guides the sea lion to the coastline.

Under the effects of painkillers, the cumbersome mammal waddles along the path created by the wooden shields.

At one point, the large mammal flops to the ground to have a rest and needs a kindly slap on the behind to get it going again.

Head of the rescue Mauricio Ulloa told local media: "It was not an easy operation as the sea lion was very active. It kept trying to run away and it was difficult to approach it."

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