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

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Jen Mehigan
4 Months Ago

looks like Heidi Olive Mehigan


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Stephanie Rieger
4 Months Ago

Craig Rieger, Kay Rieger, Andrea Rieger


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Yildiz Shay
4 Months Ago

Circuses should be banned worldwide. if human slavery can be banned, why this one isn't? Let all the animals live where they belong to. 


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Tiare Zoffoli
4 Months Ago

it appears he is still caged, only one with grass. do they eventually give him the freedom of a reserve ?


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Jill Lefrancois
27 Dec 2015

They are released into larger enclosures and gradually introduced to other lions. They lack hunting skills and would starve if just released into the wild. The best possible thing is to boycott circuses and zoos. Reduce the demand for animal exploitation and the rest fixes itself.

Justyna Bska
4 Months Ago

Omg so sad


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Nafissa Carlos
4 Months Ago

Arthur Kenfack


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David Hagmann
4 Months Ago

Great


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Robert Gray
4 Months Ago

Vanessa Johns :/


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Carol-Mae Barton
4 Months Ago

Nice, but 13 years too late. No animal should be caged!.


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Insydious Fox
28 Dec 2015

except humans bc theyre the only ones who truly deserve it for their crimes.

Karina Funghina
4 Months Ago

My gosh..how dare humans do this..is beyond my comprehension. .I just can't understand. .sorry some people don't deserve to live. . .can't understand


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