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Will the lion spent the last 13 years of his life in a Brazillian circus. Although wild animal circus bans do exist on a local level in Brazil, sadly many animals continue to be abused and exploited in these cruel attractions. Will was one of these animals and the impact of living in a cramped, fetid cage took a major toll on his well-being.

Thankfully, after over a decade of suffering, Will was rescued by Rancho do Gnomos.ย This amazing organization is a safe haven for domestic, wild and exotic animals who have been abused or neglected. Most of the animals in the sanctuary’s care come from captivity backgrounds, so the staff was more than prepared to help Will adjust to his new found freedom.

In this video, Will steps onto the grass for the first time in years! Seeming to understand that he will never have to suffer in a small cage again, Will makes himself right at home. It’s a shame it took him 13 years of suffering to reach this point, but we are so pleased to see him finally taste freedom!



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263 comments on “Rescued Circus Lion Feels Grass and Dirt for the First Time in 13 Years! (VIDEO)”

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Joe Whiskey
4 Days ago

hes still in a cage hes still an attraction hes still not free the only difference is the cage is bigger the people making money off of him have changed and when the spotlights are off him or hes no longer cute "POWWW" they put him down for "humanitarian or health" reasons! Never by the hype of a family that runs a "REACUE" charity.


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Priscilla
26 Sep 2016

Cynical, but unfortunately true.
I only read these comments to see if this point was raised and addressed. Looks like the cage is a little big bigger this time, and better furnished.

Which is a step in the right direction. Perhaps this is a halfway house to full rehabilitation? or perhaps full rehabilitation isn\'t possible for a lion so mistreated and ill-equipped to survive life in the wild. Who knows.

Either way, be grateful for small mercies, I guess.

Taylor Ivy
8 Days ago

Human beings are by far more evil and barbaric than any animal on earth. There is no honor or integrity in the pain, cruelty, and slaughter of innocent animals by humans.


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Unity Animal Sanctuary
10 Days ago

So sad what us humans do for our own pleasure even if it means harming other living animals.


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Barbara L. Miles
10 Days ago

thank you everyone for saving this beautiful lion


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Janice Finney
10 Days ago

Beautiful, yet so sad.


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Rachel Brien
10 Days ago

Brittney


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Brittney Costello
20 Sep 2016

Omg that is so cute!!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’“ it's so beautiful how they have such similar tendencies to domestic cats. Just as I say that smokey starts rolling around in front of me ๐Ÿ˜น

Rachel Brien
21 Sep 2016

I know, like literally it is like watching large scale wild cats its like heyyyyy Smokey senior - I know u<33

Rachel Brien
21 Sep 2016

Have you seen that thing about those guys from the 70s who like raised an orphan lion cub, then they released him in the wild. Like 30 years later they went back to Africa and saw him and the giant lion played with them like a baby #dead

Brittney Costello
21 Sep 2016

Oh wow!! That's incredible that the lion remembered them ๐Ÿ˜

Rachel Brien
21 Sep 2016

Sorry - life story!! But it was so sweet:') If I ever find a video Ill send it<3

Flor Maglioni
10 Days ago

Los circos tienen q parar de tener animales, para eso estan los " zoologicos" y eso hay muchos q tambien abusan los animalitos,los del circo son artista verdad,pues demuestrenlo, creando,innovando,reinventandose,


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Chelsea Roseberry
10 Days ago

Link broken https://youtu.be/J3L8mNwIpVA


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Tammy Brown
10 Days ago

I seen this it was so beautiful too see


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Roxanne Reyes
10 Days ago

Better late than never....God Bless you guys!


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