A video recently published by the Brazilian animal shelter Rancho dos Gnomos has evoked a mixture of pure joy and compassion. Rancho dos Gnomos operates as an animal shelter in Brazil and is dedicated to the rehabilitation of exotic wild animals. The staff is very professional and knowledgeable. Their goal is to care for animals, especially animals that are naturally wild but have not lived in their natural environment and have been mistreated in some way.
The video is about a 13-year-old lion named Will. He’s been part of a circus his whole life. He has spent his life performing and traveling. He has never lived in the wild and therefore has no idea what natural surfaces are like. Because he has spent his life in a cage, he only knows the feel of concrete or a metal surface. That’s why the video is so unique and moving. It was recordet when Will first set foot on the ground and grass. Having spent his whole life locked in a cage, this experience was certainly beneficial for him.
Will sniffs grass for the first time in his life. Will had no experience of living freely and normally. It was expected that he would need time to adjust to his new surroundings and circumstances. To everyone’s surprise, he was happy and content as he became familiar with the land and grass. He rubbed his paws against the ground and grass. Finally, after 13 years in captivity and in a circus, he was close to nature in his natural habitat, free from the bars of the cage.
Despite his age, he expresses his emotions by walking and rolling in the grass. This footage was recorded in 2006, when Will was released from the circus and admitted to Rancho dos Gnomos. However, it has only recently been released. Will died in 2011 while spending his years on earth, but it is comforting to know that he was able to enjoy life before he died. Watch this video, but we warn you that it will make you emotional and bring tears to your eyes.
Will enjoys the touch of grass and soil.
,,He was laid to rest for five years before he died. Here he had the opportunity to interact with other lions. He loved to lie on the grass and look at the sky.” said Marcos Pompeo, founder of the rescue center. Anyone with even a shred of humanity and kindness will surely be touched by this video. Thanks to the Ranchos dos Gnomos team for giving these animals a safe place to stay and for taking such good care of them. Will’s reaction to his release in this video makes the mission of Ranchos dos Gnomos even more rewarding.