It is always heartbreaking to see an animal kept in a cage, let alone a majestic lion. But sadly, there are still so many circuses around the world, where these magnificent wild cats are forced to live that way. For two of them, it all came to an end, after a devoted team managed to rescue them and offer them the chance to roam freely. The moment the two lions touch grass for the very first time is nothing short of emotional.
For over eight years, Tarzan and Tanya have been forced to live a miserable life as part of a Guatemala-based circus. The two massive felines were kept in tiny cages, and they have been untreated well all those years. Fortunately, the Animal Defenders International(ADI) – a worldwide animal welfare group – learned about their story, and rushed to rescue them.
Though these giants are usually fearless, the two were so scared and confused when Jan and Tim, the president and the vice-president of ADI, went to rescue them. They had endured a very tough and sad life that left scars deep into their hearts, and on their bodies as well. And these last ones show just how neglected these adorable creatures were.
Fortunately, after so many years of a sad life, Tanya and Tarzan have been eventually taken to a rehabilitation center, before being taken away to their new home – a sanctuary in South Africa. Once they got here, the duo had the chance to step on grass for the very first time, and the moment was beautiful to behold.
Learn more about Tarzan and Tanya’s rescue in the video below!