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Originally it was found washed up on a beach but Ash managed to help nurse it back to health until it was kidnapped by Team Rocket. Ash managed to free it and captured it until they could find Lapras' family. Lapras was primarily used as the gang's transport throughout the Orange Islands, but it was also used in several of the Gym battles and the final League match. Ash eventually let it go to be with its family, but saw it again when in Johto and helped it defend a lab and the other Lapras from Team Rocket.