After 8 years in cages, rescued circus lions hit grass for the first time

After 8 years in cages, rescued circus lions hit grass for the first time

When we were kids, we once thought of the circus as one of the happiest places on earth. Unfortunately, however, we were wrong. People often enjoy watching animals perform clever stunts on their stage, and this has sometimes blinded us from the truth. These animals often spend their lives in small cages and are forced to perform stunts for the public, writes animalchannel.

This group was determined to get the government to suspend animal circus operations.

Animal Defenders Incorporated is an international campaign group that protects animals from all kinds of abuse. Their goal is to free these poor animals from living in an unhealthy environment.

This organization has shared its resources with other animal advocacy groups and has engaged in several animal rescues. One of their global campaigns was called Stop Circus Suffering and urged the government to shut down circuses that use animals.

Prepare to be heartbroken as these two lions were released from a circus in Guatemala.

ADI traveled to a circus in Guatemala to free nine tigers and two lions. Jan and Tim, the president and vice president of ADI, were in the field to see the animals for themselves. The moment they saw the animals, they were saddened to see their current state, especially Tarzan and Tanya, the two circus lions.

After looking at Tarzan, they noticed that his bottom lip was hanging down. Someone at the circus told them that Tarzan fought a tiger and the brave lioness Tanya stood up for him. Tanya and Tarzan have been locked in a small cage for most of their lives. ADI knew these animals had suffered enough and was determined to get rid of them.

ADI helps their rescue animals get back to health before moving them to a bigger home.

With ADI’s goal in mind, they rescue animals from circuses and cure these animals before releasing them into a much larger house. One day after the rescue, they tried letting the giant cats roam on the grass.

You could see Tarzan’s wariness the moment he set foot on the grass because it was his first time. It wasn’t long before they finally got used to their new place. Tarzan also has no worries as Tanya was always there to protect him.

Tarzan had jaw issues, so ADI fixed Tarzan’s lower jaw before it got infected. After the operation, they sent the lion back to his temporary home.

Tanya and Tarzan’s comfort level improved in the weeks following their arrival at the center. They played like kittens and were fascinated by every little thing they encountered. After a few weeks of preparation, ADI thought they were ready for the new home.

Finally a place where animals could spend the rest of their lives in peace.

It was time for them to be transferred to the ADI sanctuary in South Africa. It was definitely a long journey as they had to stop four times before reaching the place. During the long flight hours, Tim, Jan and the rest of the crew did their best to keep the animals calm.

Finally, they reached their destination and slowly introduced the animals to their new home.

ADI made sure to keep Tarzan and Tanya within the same enclosure because, with Tanya alongside Tarzan, there was nothing to worry about.

Thanks to ADI, Tarzan and Tanya now have a wonderful place to call home. To learn more about these lions, watch the video below!

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This story originally appeared on animalchannel.co

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