Will, a rescued circus lion, spent his first 13 years with a Brazilian circus acts, never so much as feeling the dirt and grass under his feet.
Brazilian animal sanctuary, Rancho dos Gnomos Santuário, shared a viral video of Will on social media acting like a curious big cat setting foot on grass for the very first time. He was raised in captivity, living indoors in an area with cold metal floors. His reaction is heartwarming, especially when you see him flop on his back and roll in the grass. It’s great to see how much he likes the rocks and sticks.
This retired circus lion was lucky to wind up in a happy place where he can live out the remainder of his days. A lion can live up to 14 years in the wild, or up to 26 in captivity. The sanctuary takes care of domestic, wild, and exotic animals displaced by abuse, circuses, cockfighting, trafficking, the fur industry, deforestation, accidents, and other issues.