Heartwarming — For someone who has literally grown up in a cramped metal cage and have never felt how it is to feel the earth and grass beneath his paws, the first time would certainly be something short of a miracle; as in the case of a circus lion who had been caged for 13 years and have never known life beyond the metal bars.
This lion will surely touch your heart when you see him rolling and savoring the grass around him for the first time ever; much like your pet cat who’s able to play and savor freedom around your home.
Will, as he was named, had been forced to tour the country in a cramped metal cage for a travelling circus. He was a circus performer, report says, and was born in captivity.
Just a few days ago, a Brazilian zoo has released a footage of him as he turns into a seemingly playful cat; feeling the earth and grass beneath his paws for the first time in 13 years.
Rancho dos Gnomos Santuário‘s shared the clip which shows the awesome moments Will was able to experience a taste of nature which was supposed to be his real sanctuary.
The freed lion can be seen as he scampers around his new enclosure and tears up the soil in excitement. He can be seen enjoying the feel of the grass on his body as he rolls over looking like an oversized playful kitten.
According to The Dodo, the scene was filmed in 2006, but was shared only this week; more than four years after the lion’s demise.
Will, according to Ranchos dos Gnomos, had p*********y from old age — in 2011 — but had five years of feeling the grass under his paws before he died in the animal reserve.
The video which had become viral received inquiries about him being let out in the natural environment of their kind. Ranchos clarified that Will was of middle age and being born in captivity, he would not be in a position to live in the wilderness and would depend on veterinary care and assistance to feed himself and the others who were in the same position as Will.
Ranchos Dos Gnomos said in their page that: “Will was born in Brazil and we have done everything possible so that he had a quiet life, albeit in captivity, but with dignity. He lived for 5 years with us before he died.”
Marco Pompeo, the zoo’s founder, said: “Here he had the opportunity to interact with other lions. He loved to lie in grass and look at the sky. He was a very happy lion.”