Lion Released and Tastes Freedom Finally

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After 13 long years spent locked in a tiny metal cage this circus lion finally got to know what grass and dirt feel like beneath his paws.  The absolutely heartwarming, and breaking, moment took place after Will the lion was rescued by Brazilian animal sanctuary Rancho dos Gnomos.  Will had been forced to perform in a traveling circus his whole life.  He never had a stable home base.  Instead, he was moved around the country is a small box and only let out sporadically for shows and training.

In the video the handsome lion cannot wait to be free from his cramped cage as he paces back and forth.  When the gate is released he looks shocked but it only takes a second before he shoots out the door and heads straight towards the soil and grass.  Once he steps in, and onto, his new home he immediately kneads his paws through the dirt.  Getting his first feel must be an odd sensation!  Will continues exploring the new sights, sounds, textures, and smells.  He checks out the rocks and stretches his frame fully out, finally able to roll around with the sky above him and earth under his paws.

Will was able to enjoy his final 5 years at the sanctuary before he passed away in 2011.  Marcus Pompeo, the sanctuary’s founder and lion caretaker, said that Will “loved to lie in the grass and look at the sky.  He was a very happy lion.”  This video highlights the sad and cruel conditions under which circus animals are often held.  At 13 years old he should have been unimpressed with nature, grass and dirt, yet he was because he’d never experienced it.

No living creature should spend their life in a cage, being forced to perform for the entertainment of others, and denied the simple pleasures life has to offer.  At least Will had the chance to live out his final years in peace and harmony among other lions.  Help share his story and video, it will make a difference and serve to help the many other big cats stuck in this cruel situation that he was rescued from.

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This Depressed Lion Who Was Chained For Over 20 Years Finally Get His Freedom For The First Time!

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The back of an old, rusty and decrepit old pickup-truck is no place for any animal to live, let alone a full grown adult lion. Sadly, that’s exactly where a mountain lion named Mufasa was forced to live his life as part of a traveling roadside circus in Peru. While the details of the lion Mufasa’s early life remain mostly unknown, it is believed that he had originally been born free in the wild somewhere down in South America. He was most likely kidnapped from his mother when he was still very young cub and sold into captivity shortly after that.

Over the following twenty years he was mistreated and kept bound up in heavy metal chains while being forced to endure life on the road with the circus. Life was anything but natural and comfortable for Mufasa. His captors brought him from one town to the next in the back of an old pickup truck, where he was further chained to some old rusty pieces of equipment.

He barely had any room to move around and no bed or clean spot to lay on, just a dusty corner surrounded by metal bars and dirt. There was no shelter over his head to protect him from the elements and so the hot sun and pouring rain beat down on him The neglectful state he was held in was horrible and sad.

The circus that Mufasa was found with was believed to be the last of many in Peru which for years had been illegally using wild animals in their shows. The country recently changed the law and passed a circus animal ban in response to widespread cruelty, and the sub-par conditions in which most circus animals were kept. The ban made it illegal to keep and or use animals in circus shows and authorities, with the help of animal advocacy non-profits, including Animal Defenders International ‘ADI’, have been enforcing it strictly.

The ADI group had recently gotten a tip that the circus was still holding a mountain lion and they accompanied police and local wildlife officials to investigate it further. That’s when they found Mufasa chained up in the back of an old pick up truck. What followed was a long, strained eight hour standoff, but eventually the circus surrendered Mufasa and this video films every part of this emotional moment when he was finally released from his heavy chains.

The elderly lion can be seen sitting quietly as he patiently waits for officials to cut the harness off and finally free him from a horrible life of captivity and neglect. For the first time in perhaps twenty years he’s able to fully stretch himself out and perform the one action that cats of all types and breeds seem to love best!

Wildlife officials, with the help and support of the many volunteers who’d worked tirelessly to track down and free circus animal all across Peru, transported Mufasa to ADI’s Spirit of Freedom rescue center for rehabilitation. After he’d been checked out and deemed healthy enough to travel, he was taken on a 3 day journey into the Amazon rainforest to his new home!

Mufasa will live out the rest of his life at the Tambopata Reserve where he’s free to wander about his new habitat completely unchained. He no longer faces a life full of uncertainty and constant travel and there are no more people gawking at him. Instead, he finally has the chance to spend his last few years in the wild jungle where he is protected and able to move about on his own, and that is beautiful.

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Cow Cries Thinking She’s Going To Slaughterhouse But She’s Being Saved and Gets Freedom For The First Time

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Emma the dairy cow was acting nervous and rightly so. Earlier in the day she had been loaded onto a trailer and driven for miles to a destination that was wholly foreign to her, a place called the Kuhrettung Rhein-Berg Sanctuary in Germany. The dairy farm which she’d called home her whole life had recently closed down, and before rescuers stepped in, she’d originally been headed to the slaughterhouse. Although the dairy farm wasn’t a slaughterhouse the conditions were absolutely terrible and poor Emma the cow thought she was going from bad to worse..

When Emma first started her journey she was terrified as her life was suddenly turned completely upside down. At the start of the video, as she’s being placed in the strange trailer, she can be seen crying visible tears of sadness and fear. It’s heartbreaking to witness, but thankfully not for long. I honestly did not know that cows could actually cry. Seeing this beautiful creature in such a state of fear and sadness truly tore me up inside.

However, once she arrived at the animal sanctuary Emma was released into an open, spacious pasture filled with green grass, rolling hills, and lots of other cows. Seeing her take these first steps of freedom and her new life is just such a joy to witness! She cautiously made her way into her new home and before long a few of the other cows came up to greet her.

They all took turns sniffing and checking each other out and soon had enthusiastically surrounded her. It’s amazing and as if they were all reassuring Emma that everything was going to be just fine. By the end of the video it looks like Emma has quickly been accepted into her new family and the group goes running off happily into the field. What started out as a terrifying ordeal ended in the best way possible.

Thanks to a group of dedicated people Emma was not slaughtered but instead was brought to the Kuhrettung Rhein-Berg Sanctuary in Germany to live. The group rescues dairy cows and retires them to a former farm where they can naturally live out the rest of their days. These people are truly human angels with hearts filled with infinite love and care.

Prior to her arrival at the sanctuary, Emma’s life was anything but natural. Cows are best known for producing milk and all of the associated dairy products. In order to make that milk a cow must become pregnant and give birth to a calf, whom it will nurse. However, in the dairy industry young calves are taken away from their mothers shortly after birth so that the milk can instead be collected for human consumption.

This separation of mother and child is done early on in an effort to cause minimal stress to both, but it’s also done repeatedly in order to keep cows producing milk. Cows like Emma who end up at the sanctuary are retired, in that they’re no longer impregnated and therefore don’t produce any more milk.

Fortunately for Emma and all of the other rescued dairy cows, they get to stay on the farm sanctuary. Her life has changed dramatically for the better and now she’s able to live alongside other happy cows and can do all the normal, natural things that cows love do. It’s a happy ending that she, and countless others like her, deserve.

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This Depressed Bear Chained For 30 Years Finally Get It’s Freedom For The First Time

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In the winters, we humans like to cuddle up and ‘hibernate like a bear’.  Bears in the wild actually DO innately curl up and go to sleep for approximately 8 months!  Human beings know how terrible we feel when we lose sleep, but can you possibly imagine what it would be like to be robbed of a good night’s sleep for 30 years?!? If Fifi the bear could speak, she would tell you about the terrible impact of this loss.  As a cub, Fifi was purchased by the Pennsylvania roadside zoo. Usually the living conditions for any animal in any zoo are pretty terrible, this one however was particularly bad!

Forced to perform tricks for their shows for the first 10 years of her life, Fifi further suffered when the zoo would close, as they left her caged in a minuscule, rusty cage for over 30 years! It’s truly unimaginable what kind of adversity this poor creature had to endure for the majority of its life.

Fiji’s horrible neglect and torturous existence ended in July, thanks to the rescue by PETA and The Wild Animal Sanctuary.  Robbed of her natural need to hibernate due to her imprisonment in that tiny cage for over 30 years, they found Fifi in a very deteriorated condition, with untreated arthritis. Fifi’s condition was almost to the point of no return.

Her condition was so bad that they had doubts about whether she would be able to regain a strong, healthy state. As you will see in the video, Fifi’s rescue did allow her to slowly improve…. after 5 months at the sanctuary, you will witness what the miracle of good and loving care, will render. My faith in humanity has officially been restored!

Enjoy this wonderful story of recovery, and finally what a good sleep can do…Fifi is just awakening from her 30 year wait for a winter of hibernation in her cozy den! Even though this bear faced years of hardship it’s good to know it got a happy ending and there are still good people in the world!

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