Bandit the bull was just one of the millions of animals confined to narrow stables and chains.
In the video below, Bandit performs a “dance of freedom” after living a life bound by chains. He shows his gratitude to Christian from the sanctuary Gut Aiderbichl, which is home to more than 500 rescued cows, bulls and calves.
As happy as can be, the giant bull — with a heart as big as his body — runs gleefully around his new home and digs his hooves into the fresh hay. He’s finally experiencing joy for the first time ever.
Watch the incredible moment that Bandit realizes he can simply live his life as a bull now, without pain or suffering. Seeing Bandit approach Christian and nuzzle his massive head into his savior’s chest nearly brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful, surreal interaction!
Gut Aiderbichl is a refuge for animals that have been rescued from abuse, neglect, and the inevitability of being slaughtered. The sanctuary works to create a personal relationship and deep understanding between humans and animals in a protected environment.