He Was Stuck In A Circus Truck For 20 Years. Watch What Happens When They Finally Let Him Out

Updated March 21, 2016

As you know, circuses can be terrible environments for the animals. Sometimes they try to fight back like when lions attack the lion tamers.

But in this clip, a mountain lion has been imprisoned and chained for 20-years as part of an illegal circus. And when he’s finally freed? The beautiful moment he sets off into the wild was captured on film. (See below)

Mufasa the mountain lion has lived two decades in chains as part of a traveling circus. But he’s finally been freed by wildlife officials back into his home in the Peruvian forest.

The majestic creature has been stuck in the back of a pickup truck with rusted circus items for years.

Although it is illegal to use wild animals in circuses in Peru, Mufasa has been kept prison against the law. Upon his release activists and wildlife officials think he was the last wild animal still used for entertainment.

When his chains were cut off, he stretched his limbs and body.

“It is magical to see him moving about in and out of the trees in his own piece of protected forest,” said Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International.

Creamer led the rescue mission to free Mufasa.

“Mufasa was torn from the wild and has endured the worst possible life and will need special care so I hope people will help us give him a wonderful retirement by making a donation today.”

After the illegal circus was tracked down, an 8-hour standoff resulted in Mufasa’s release as well as a condor.

Animal rescue workers took the mountain lion on a three-day journey to the edge of the Amazon rainforest where he’ll live out the rest of his days.

“Mufasa’s story symbolizes the suffering we have ended.  He was kept for years in chains in a truck, sleeping on metal, barely able to move. An unbearable torture. Now, in his twilight years, I hope people will help us give him back the life the circus stole from him,” Creamer said.

Watch Mufasa’s release in the video clip below!

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