This mountain lion has lived for 20 years in chains, but is finally set free. In the video, Mufasa sits and patiently watches as wildlife officials in Peru set him free and cut off the harness that had kept him bound to an old pickup truck for over two decades. After the chains are cut off, he then stretches out his body and experiences freedom for the first time in years. Mufasa is believed to have been taken from the wild as a baby, and only experienced life in the traveling circus, bound up.
The cougar, also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae, native to the Americas. Its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the greatest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere-according to Wikipedia.
Animal Defenders International heard about the traveling circus and their cruelty to the mountain lion and other wild animals. The circus had been illegally using the animals in their shows. ADI wanted to show footage of this to the public and make them aware of the cruelty that Mufasha was enduring at the hands of these evil people. ADI activists, alongside police and local wildlife officials, led a raid on the traveling circus.
According to ADI, before the circus surrendered, a tense eight-hour standoff occurred. Mufasa was handed over to the authorities, and that's where his new life begins. After being cut free, Mufasa is transported to ADI’s Spirit of Freedom rescue center for rehabilitation.
Animal Defenders International president, Jan Creamer, says that it was “heartbreaking“ to see Mufasa in chains, and the moment he was freed was wonderful. She shares, “It was magical to see him moving about in and out of the trees in his own piece of protected forest.” Mufasa is expected to make a full recovery and live out the rest of his life beyond chains. Watch the video, below, and see the transformation of this beautiful lion.
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