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Circus Cat Chained To A Truck For 20 Years. Watch Him Take His First Steps To FREEDOM…

By Karly Carpena
November 22, 2015

Mufasa, a 20-year-old mountain lion, was captured as a cub and has spent his entire life as a circus animal chained to the back of a pickup truck in Peru.

After Peru banned wild animals in circuses in 2011, the Animal Defenders International got a tip that a circus was still operating illegally in a remote area of northern Peru. So, they set out on a mission to rescue the big cat.

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Police and wildlife officers accompanied them, which was necessary because the rescuers are often met with resistance.

After a dramatic stand-off that lasted 8 hours, during which riot police were called, Mufasa was handed over.

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The heavy harness and shackles that were wrapped around his body for so many years were finally broken.

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ADI brought Mufassa to their rescue centre where he was nursed back to health for several months before being transported to his new home on a nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest.

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Watch Mufassa’s journey from chains to his return to the forest in the video below.