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Mountain Lion Chained For 20 Years Experiences Freedom For The First Time

A lion isn’t something you see every day, unless you work in the circus or the zoo. Although some zoos make it a top priority to keep their animals happy, they’re not having the complete freedom they deserve, but zoos are doing this to help keep the animals safe from endangerment and hunters.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for Mufasa, a mountain lion forced to work in an illegal Peruvian circus.
Shackled in chains around his neck and legs, he has been kept in very dark conditions since he was a poor cub, yes for about 20 years, and used as shameful entertainment as he travels along with the circus.
The poor King of the Jungle doesn’t even have a proper home like the animals you see in Dumbo – he sleeps locked up in the back of a truck, surrounded by tent gear in horrifyingly dirty conditions. In fact, he doesn’t even sport a mane that most lions proudly do.
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Image Credit: Animal Defenders International
Underweight and cursed by skin infections, Mufasa was rescued from the cruel conditions. He was speculated to be abused as he was terrified by the rescuers when they tried to approach him. Luckily, he was shipped off the Lima, Peru, where he was given the treatment he deserved.
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Image Credit: Animal Defenders International
They cleaned him up and fed him well, trying to ease the poor feline from its trauma. After a while, Mufasa’s conditions improved, and he was taken to a new home in Taricaya Ecological Reserve, which sported a natural habitat for Mufasa to roam in.
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Image Credit: Animal Defenders International
Nervous at first, the lion slowly adapted to his new surroundings, the sight of the rain forest new to him, finally being in where he belongs.
mountain lion
Image Credit: Animal Defenders International
Hopefully other animals like Mufasa will be freed from their chains, but for now, he serves as an inspiration and a symbol of awareness to the conditions these poor circus animals are in.
mountain lion
Image Credit: Animal Defenders International
You can help them by donating to ADI as they march on with their mission to save animals like Mufasa.
mountain lion
Image Credit: Animal Defenders International
This is sad, isn’t it? Yes well thankfully this lion is safe, and we’re hoping many more will be saved from chains and shackles…
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