​Mountain Lion Freed At Last By Animal Defenders International After Being Chained To Truck For Over 20 Years

Mountain Lion Freed
Author: Michael StevensBy:
Staff Reporter
Nov. 21, 2015

A mountain lion freed from 20 years in chains has Animal Defenders International (ADI) to thanks. This cat suffered years of chained captivity on the back of a pickup truck, but now he has finally said goodbye to the circus for a new life in the forest, according to The Huffington Post.

For more than 20 years, the mountain lion, named Mufasa, had suffered the indignity of being bound in chains and left to languish among rusting circus equipment as the travelling show meandered among remote South American villages. The cat never had a chance to be freed since he was stolen from the wild as a cub,

Mountain lion freed after 20 years in captivity

Mountain lion freed after 20 years in captivity

Luckily, ADI received a tip on in April that Circo Koreander was operating illegally in a distant outpost of northern Peru.

Backed by police and wildlife officers, the charity moved in but were greeted with hostile resistance.

An eight-hour stand off ensued before riot police and a public prosecutor arrived and Mufasa, along with an Andean condor, were finally handed over.

At last, it was time for Peru’s last wild animal in circus captivity to be broken free from his shackles.

Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer who led the rescue team in Peru describes the first moment he was cut loose from his living hell.

“It was heartbreaking to see Mufasa chained among the circus equipment, living on the back of a pickup truck,” she says. “A heavy harness and chains were wrapped around his body and as we cut them away, he stretched, free, for the first time…”

Mufasa walks into the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

This was the first act of an intrepid odyssey to return Mufasa to his native haunts. After being nursed back to health at ADI’s Spirit of Freedom rescue centre near Lima, it was time for the next stage of his journey by boat and road across Peru to his “forever home” on the edge of the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest.

Pictures show just how the mountain lion was freed after a wildlife officer removed his collar. Animal Defenders International is based out of Britain.

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