Watch Lions, Tigers, Chimps, and Beagles Get Their First Taste of Freedom

From foxes feeling a grass field to beagles finally able to chase tennis balls, animals released from cages have unique ways of showing their joy.
Mar 15, 2015·
Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

Thanks to a new animal-release supercut from The Dodo, we can see lions, tigers, chimpanzees, seals, rabbits, and even chickens stretch their legs, wings, and tails in their newfound environment outside cages and laboratory facilities.

“Huge-hearted humans dedicate their lives to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured animals to sanctuaries and the wild,” Emily Pelleymounter, The Dodo’s video producer, said in a statement. “And that moment when an animal gets his first taste of real freedom? It is unforgettable for animals and humans alike.”

Some of the stories behind the animal releases:

—Beagles that spent their lives in cages at laboratory facilities for animal testing were saved by the Beagle Freedom Project.

—Chimpanzees used for animal testing saw sunlight and the outdoors for the first time after they were released to the Gut Aiderbichl sanctuary in Austria.

—Three orphaned foxes were rescued and released back into the wild after being raised at the Chintimini Wildlife Center in Oregon.

—Seal pups were taken in by workers at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Center in England following the 2013 Norfolk tidal surge, which left the seals orphaned. Months later, they were safely released back into the wild.

—An orphaned Siberian tiger cub was rescued by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which was able to release the endangered animal back into the wild safely.