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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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Ann Vale
15 Days ago

Brings tears to your eyes to see such a fantastic animal like this acting so taken back by 'soil and grass' the poor things looks a lot older through the neglect but at least he's now happy,free and will be cared for.the chap that rescued him needs a good pat on the back


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MichaelandTania Marcotty
15 Days ago

Wonderful! So happy for him.


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Ce Marshall
15 Days ago

still in a circus !""""


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Dee McGregor
15 Days ago

It is a great start but he is still fenced in


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Dee McGregor
15 Days ago

It is a great start but he is still fenced in


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Rhoda Sanders
15 Days ago

So glad he's out of that cage..but poor guy has to breathe so hard upon exertion..after no exercise for all those years!


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Rhoda Sanders
15 Days ago

So glad he's out of that cage..but poor guy has to breathe so hard upon exertion..after no exercise for all those years!


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Liam Andrews
16 Days ago

Screw animal circus


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Melissa Noelia Rioja Calla
16 Days ago

It is incredible how he feels the ground and the grass. Animals must be free. Circuses are not good entertainment when they use wild or domestic animals. What happens with freedom and animal rights!!!???!!!


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Mary Perysinakis
16 Days ago

Last time I went to a circus was when my kids were small in Greece. I couldn't stay and watch the animals. I walked out. I've never been since and never will again.


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