Back in the old days, circuses could get away with abusing animals and neglecting them until it was showtime.  Now that animal activism has come so far, groups are starting to crack down on circuses to ensure the animals are being treated properly.

The lion featured in this video, Mufasa, was chained up and forced to perform in a Peruvian Circus for 20 years.  He never knew what it felt like to taste freedom or enjoy a normal lion’s life…

The lion featured in this video, Mufasa, was chained up and forced to perform in a Peruvian circus for 20 years.  When the group Animal Defenders International (ADI) heard about him, they knew they needed to step in…

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ADI cracked down on the entire circus and saved all of the animals.  Mufasa was the last animal they were able to free, but it didn’t happen without a fight.  Riot police were called in to help!

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When they finally got to Mufasa, that’s when the epic moment finally happened.  Watch Mufasa’s amazing reaction next!

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