Barely days after he was born, Magnus the lion was separated from his mother and turned into a tourist attraction by a Spanish Circus.
Lions grow at an incredibly fast rate, but his owners wanted him to remain small as long as possible.
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To achieve this, Magnus was fed only mixture of yoghurt and bread.
This abusive diet had severe effects on his bone, muscular and general development, creating what is called a Stenosis of the Oesophagus.
This is a narrowing of the oesophagus passage that renders impossible Magnus' normal food ingestion.
At that point the circus owner, having no use for a sick lion, took him to a vet to have him euthanized.
An extraordinary group of people joined forces to save this incredible little lion.
Magnus needed surgery to enlarge his oesophagus which, thankfully, was successful.
According to ViralSpell Magnus will never be able to survive in the wild after the way he has been treated.
But on a happier note, his weight has doubled since his surgery and he is now able to eat more regular food.