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

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carol Middleton
3 Days ago

Now all he needs is a lovely lady lion companion..He has earned it. What a happy ending for him.. Right away he scratches in the grass and dirt..Just love a beautiful outcome for our animal friends..You guys are great !!

5 Days ago

That beautiful guy knows what to do with dirt and grass ツ I wish all animals had this chance.

Maybe it\'s not back to the wild, but it\'s a damn sight better than a small, dank, stinking metal cage. I\'m not sure how long lions like Will can live, but I\'m happy that whatever time they have left will be filled with grass and sky, and compassion.

Thank you Rancho do Gnomos. Long may YOU live ❤❤❤

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23 Days ago

I want to be happy and not be a buzzkil but isn\'t this just an upgraded zoo? Some of these sanctuaries are just like zoos, and the money after admin cost and such, is to help bring other animals to them, but i never see these animals make it back to the wild.
The excuse used is that they wouldn\'t be able to cope if they went back to the wild but i call bull.
I have 4 cats. Last year december my family moved and one of my boy cats went missing when we got out of the new place. we put up posters searched the area, called the vets, everything. We were mostly worried cause it was cold and he was in an unfamiliar area.

We lost him for 8 months. cats are considered domesticated, but out of all the other domesticated animals, cats have the strongest survival rate in my opinion. he didn\'t get taken in my any family or vet (thank god he hasn\'t been mutilated by one) and after about 6 months of him missing my old neighbours started to see him (2 of my cats are outdoor cats and popular lol). he was a little skinnier and we did get him back a couple weeks later, but my point is, he didn\'t die, didn\'t come back sick, and i think he was relieved to find us cause its been over a month since he\'s been home and he is so loving to us and isnt interested in going outside atm (although my other cat is going out now). i know lions and cats are different but i feel its similar. my cat found a way to survive because that\'s in his nature. Being with humans is a learned behaviour for these animals and if they put him back out in the wild i reckon this lion would reclimatise himself and be just fine.

Gary Ware
15 Oct 2016

This video does not reveal the health of the big cat. 13 years in a circus can not be compared to years of a domestic cat in a loving home. If released back to the wild, it would have to hunt large animals for food and fight other Lions for territory and food. This Lion does not look like it could take down a wildebeest. Jus sayin.

18 Oct 2016

I understand where you\'re coming from. I\'d LOVE to see every animal exactly where Nature intended them to be, but thanks to Mankind, there\'s less places for them to live, away from humans. And many of these animals were captive-born. Getting these horribly abused lions into the wild is just not do-able. So please be happy that whatever time Will and his buddies have left, they\'ll feel grass under their feet, see the sky, and not have to perform any idiotic stunts for even more idiotic people to gawk at.

When I just turned three years old, we went to the Central Park Zoo. My father was asked to remove me from the Lion House in the because I was crying so bad, and disturbing the other guests. My father asked me what was wrong, and I said that the lion, who was making those huffing roars, was very sad, and he was calling to his friends to come rescue him - he didn\'t like it there. He wanted to go home. I can still hear and see him. So I KNOW how you feel.

Joe Whiskey
29 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.

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
1 Months 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.

Unity Animal Sanctuary
1 Months Ago

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

Barbara L. Miles
1 Months Ago

thank you everyone for saving this beautiful lion

Janice Finney
1 Months Ago

Beautiful, yet so sad.


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