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.