Tarzan and Tanya and are two lions that haven’t had an easy life. They were kept in a tiny, barren cage for seven years at a circus in Guatemala. During those years, Tarzan was attacked by a tiger, which left him with a droopy lower lip that was torn from his chin. Tanya has several scars from her attempt to protect her companion.

After Guatemala banned animal circuses, Animal Defenders International (ADI) came to rescue these sweet lions. They brought the lions to the ADI Temporary Rescue Unit in Guatemala, where the lions were able to walk on grass for the first time and Tarzan had some of his smashed teeth repaired. Soon it was time, for the pair to move to their permanent home: the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa.

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Now the sweet lions spend their days in the grass playing, cuddling, kissing, and enjoying their freedom. Jan Creamer, ADI President, called the rescue operation, “an inspiring story of the incredible love, loyalty and bravery of these animals. ”

This video, “Love Conquers All,” shows Tarzan and Tanya’s beautiful road to recovery and freedom. It’s the first of ADI’s three-parts short film series. The next two episodes will feature two more pairs of ex-circus big cats that have a loving bond, like Tarzan and Tanya.

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