Circus mountain lion chained to a truck for decades finally gets freedom (video)

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 14, 2018
02:22 P.M.

A mountain lion named Mufasa was released into the wild after 20 long years of living chained in the back of a circus pickup truck.


The video of Mufasa’s liberation into the wild was recorded and uploaded on YouTube by Animal Defenders International (ADI), who also rescued the animal from its captors along with other wildlife officials of Peru.

Despite the country of Peru banning wild animals in circuses, Mufasa was entrapped because the circus that chained him moved undetected between remote villages.

The President of Animal Defenders International, Jan Creamer, who also led the rescue team in Peru told in a statement that it was “heartbreaking” for him to see Mufasa chained amid other circus equipment

Source: YouTube/ADI

Source: YouTube/ADI

Follow us on Twitter to learn more.

When they found the animal, it was wrapped in heavy harness and chains that bound his entire body. Upon being cut free by the rescuers, the lion stretched free for the first time.


He further revealed: “It is magical to see him moving about in and out of the trees in his own piece of protected forest. Mufasa was torn from the wild and has endured the worst possible life and will need special care so I hope people will help us give him a wonderful retirement by making a donation today.”

Source: YouTube/ADI

Source: YouTube/ADI

ADI initiated the rescue in April 2015 after receiving a tip-off that circus group Circo Koreander was operating illegally with wild animals in an isolated village in northern Peru.

They joined efforts with wildlife officers and conducted a surprise raid, which was initially met with hostile resistance.


It eventually led to an eight-hour-long stand-off between the riot police and a Public Prosecutor before Mufasa was finally released.

Following the rescue, Mufasa’s rehabilitation took place at ADI’s Spirit of Freedom rescue center near Lima. After recovering from the injuries and health hazards from years of captivity, he was taken to his forever home on the edge of the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest.

Related posts

What Happened to Stefanie Powers Who Chose Private Life in Another Country after Her Partner Died?

March 22, 2024

5 Forgotten Teen Idols – Inside the Lives of Celebrities Now Far from the Spotlight

May 05, 2024

Boy Finds Abandoned Car in Forest, Notices Old Locked Box Inside – Story of the Day

April 27, 2024

How Brigitte Bardot, 'The Most Beautiful Woman,' Transformed Having Refused Plastic Surgery - Photos

June 07, 2024

Meghan Markle Goes on a 'Perfect' Ski Trip with 'Best of Friends' — Rare Photo from Her Vacation

March 04, 2024

Gary Sinise & His Ailing Son Who Couldn't Walk Devoted Their Life to One Thing

March 19, 2024

This Girl Lost Her Star Dad at Only Two — He Didn't Include Her in His Will, So His Co-stars Gave Up Money for Her

March 22, 2024

Ali MacGraw Left Hollywood to Live In 'Tiny' Village Cottage in Mountains: Actress Is Volunteer Now

April 01, 2024

Girl Voluntarily Caring for an Old Woman Discovers Her Long-Lost Grandmother through an Unexpected Item in Her Home

April 24, 2024

I Was Upset That My Grandfather Only Left Me an Old Apiary until I Looked into the Beehives — Story of the Day

April 03, 2024

I Found Out My Missing Son Was Adopted by Another Woman — Story of the Day

March 19, 2024

Baby Was Stolen From Hospital, 5 Years Later Mother Sees a Familiar Face in the Cemetery — Story of the Day

April 11, 2024

Steve Irwin’s Son Robert Speaks on Mom Terri’s Dating Life 17 Years after Dad’s Death

March 08, 2024

Single Dad of 3 Helps Older Lady Who Falls Down the Stairs, She Shows Up with a Truck at His Home Later — Story of the Day

May 07, 2024