Mufasa, had been held captive by an illegal Peruvian circus. Most likely, he had been sold into bondage as a baby and was never afforded the chance at a normal life. Hewas forced to live most of his life in captivity chained to the back of a truck. After a very lengthy, and painful endeavor, the mountain lion was finally released.
This allowed Mufasa the opportunity to finally find out what a life of freedom was like.
It’s difficult to imagine a mountain lion being taken from village to village and forced to perform for crowds of people, but this was the everyday reality for poor Mufasa.
Mufasa didn’t even have his own cage. He was basically homeless and chained up in the back of a truck, where he would fall asleep night after night.
He would lay behind the big top’s tent poles to sleep.
Jan Creamer, the president of Animal Defenders International, has come out against the horrific treatment that Mufasa was forced to endure. It made her heart ache to see this magnificent creature’s spirit broken.
And it hurt even more to know that the only home this poor animal had was the back of a pickup truck.
Mufasa spent his life bundled in a heavy chain, along with quite a few harnesses. When those were finally cut off, it was like Mufasa was seeing the world around him for the very first time. To the rescuers, Mufasa seemed barely alive.
Thanks to the wonderful people at Animal Defenders International, stories such as Mufasa’s will hopefully become non-existent. They’ve been getting tough on illegal circuses and aren’t afraid to go to battle with the so called “owners” of these animals.
They’re willing to fight tooth and nail for their freedom.
When he was finally freed, he was underweight, anxious and scared of humans. But, once help arrived, he was taken to a rescue center in Lima, Peru.
While there, the big cat’s overall health and disposition has greatly improved
Mufasa now calls the Taricaya Ecological Reserve his home and he definitely enjoys being able to move around freely.
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