This is a happy ending cat story although the happiness cannot wash away the unhappiness of being chained up in the back of a truck and used as a circus big cat for a staggering twenty years.
Peru banned circus wild animals. The law had to be enforced vigorously because most circuses defied the law. Animal Defenders International painstakingly rescued the circus animals. The last was Mustafa, an elderly puma. There was a “dramatic stand-off” with the circus during which riot police were present.
Mustafa’s chains were cut off and he was transported to a controlled puma habitat in Peru where he died after enjoying several months of freedom – at last.
He died of age related health issues such as kidney failure.
It is great that he enjoyed a natural environment at least for a few months. It is also wonderful that ADI were so persistent and committed to saving circus animals and enforcing the law. I am full of admiration for them.