There's nothing like the first taste of freedom after a life in chains.
A beautiful mountain lion who had lived in chains for two decades as part of a traveling circus was finally freed by wildlife officials and activists who brought the wild animal back to its rightful place in a Peruvian forest.
Mufasa lived in captivity for 20 years, chained up in the back of a pick-up truck. The circus operated illegally in remote villages in Peru.
It is speculated that the circus acquired him at a really young age as an exotic pet. After Peru banned wild animals in circuses, most circuses defied the law. One by one, Animal Defenders International tracked them down and removed the animals.
ADI reports nearly 100 animals have been rescued since its inception with the active partnership of the Peruvian government.
ADI’s rescue operations have freed lions, bears, monkeys and many others from circus life and Mufasa is believed to have been the last wild animal in a Peruvian circus before his rescue.