A TIGER held in captivity for 12 years has enjoyed its first walk on grass after being freed from a circus in Bulgaria.
Animal welfare group Four Paws captured the emotional moment and uploaded it to YouTube where it has now been viewed nearly 5000 times.
The female tiger named Varvara was freed after the Bulgarian government passed a law in January, making it illegal for circuses to keep wild animals.
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“After twelve years of living in a tiny cage, the former circus tiger finally has a natural environment in which to start living the life of a tiger,” Four Paws wrote.
“Varvara, we are watching your first steps into this ‘freedom’ with tears in our eyes and are filled with peace and happiness that, after months of negotiations, we could finally free you from your tiny prison!”