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

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Joyce R West
8 Days ago

Excellent clip, very happy for Will the lion. PERFECT YANNI soundtrack too. btw, clawing ground like that is him leaving his scent. Cats, even big ones, have scent glands in or behind ?? their paws.


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Linda
11 Days ago

Cried as I wrote on shared facebook page............


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ab55
15 Days ago

Yes brought tears to my eyes, what a beautiful site this is, I hope Will has a happy, healthy life, and enjoys his new home.


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No Name
15 Days ago

he needs a companion.


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LORRAINE
15 Days ago

BAN the circus BAN the zoo - no animal should be taken out of their environment just for our entertainment - so so sad - - - and you wonder WHY after so many years of being pushed around they attack . . . . :(


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LORRAINE
15 Days ago

BAN the circus BAN the zoo - no animal should be taken out of their environment just for our entertainment - so so sad - - - and you wonder WHY after so many years of being pushed around they attack . . . . :(


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cora
16 Days ago

bring tears to my eyes... I\'m soooo grateful Will was rescued. Thank you so much!! I hope more & more people understand the cruelty of zoo & circus.


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Kathleen Simmons
18 Days ago

So happy for him. I wonder what is going through his mind? This must be heaven for this beautiful animal. Thank you for saving him. Please continue to save others from man\'s destructive mentality.


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Su Zie
1 Months Ago

uhh..im so hapy to see this video...thanks to the people who help this lion.....thank you..thank you


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