Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

This Big Cat Was Imprisoned For 20 Years… Watch Him Enjoying His Newfound Freedom.

We recognize Mufasa as father to Simba in Disney's The Lion King, but there is a lion bearing the same name that also deserves our attention. Mufasa the mountain lion was recently released after 20 years of being used in a Peruvian circus.

Alan García, president of Peru at the time, signed an agreement to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in 2011, according to PETA.

Despite the ban, circuses such as Circo Koreander in the case of Mufasa continued to keep wild animals illegally. The mountain lion was found chained to a heavy harness at the back of a pick-up truck. After an eight-hour dispute between circus members and the police, he was brought to an Animal Defenders International (ADI) rehabilitation center.

Mufasa has since been transferred to the Tambopata reserve in southeastern Peru, home to some of the world's least impacted habitat.

Mufasa is believed to have been the last wild animal in a Peruvian circus.

Mufasa is believed to have been the last wild animal in a Peruvian circus.

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As a traveling circus, it was difficult to detect as it was constantly on the move from village to village.

As a traveling circus, it was difficult to detect as it was constantly on the move from village to village.

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Peru is the second country in South America to respond to the efforts of Animal Defenders International (ADI).

Peru is the second country in South America to respond to the efforts of Animal Defenders International (ADI).

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Bolivia responded with their agreement in 2009 though its version also protects domestic animals.

Bolivia responded with their agreement in 2009 though its version also protects domestic animals.

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The elderly mountain lion was finally rescued after a dramatic standoff.

The elderly mountain lion was finally rescued after a dramatic standoff.

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Over 100 animals have been saved through ADI's Operation Spirit of Freedom.

Over 100 animals have been saved through ADI's Operation Spirit of Freedom.

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Most animals are relocated to ADI funded locations in the Amazon.

Most animals are relocated to ADI funded locations in the Amazon.

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Rescues like this are funded entirely by donations from ADI supporters.

Rescues like this are funded entirely by donations from ADI supporters.

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You can support Animal Defenders International (ADI) here.

Watch what happened when a house cat saw a mountain lion at the back door.

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