Corrie star Helen Worth's lion rescue appeal

The cages are horrendous. The lions spend their lives in solitary confinement.

Helen Worth

An appeal for the rescue of Bulgaria's last two circus lions has been launched by the Born Free Foundation in a bid to secure their relocation to the international wildlife charity's sanctuary at Shamwari, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Jora and Black are two seven-year-old lions known to be brothers. These fine-featured animals are caged in a metal beast wagon in the back yard of an ex-circus trainer's remote mountain lodge near the capital, Sofia.

Coronation Street star Helen Worth joined Born Free as a Patron 15 years ago and has been passionately working on campaigns ever since.

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