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Lion brothers take the 1300 mile journey to their new home on the Isle of Wight

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Two former circus lions have been settling into their new home at the Isle of Wight zoo after a 1300 mile journey from a rescue centre in the south of Spain.

The brothers - Vigo and Kumba - arrived in Sandown yesterday (28/02) after their 36-hour trip by car, euro-tunnel and ferry.

They've been making a big impression!

Heather Edwards has been to see them. Watch her report here:

Its been an emotional day at the IOW zoo.

It has taken months and months of work and fundraising and today (01/03) the 2 young lions Kumba and Vigo were welcomed to their new home.

The animals were calm and trusting. They allowed us to get very close to film and even let the keepers feed them by hand.

Carolyn Lorek, Animal manager Isle of Wight Zoo:

The lions have spent most of the day taking in their new surroundings.

It's far removed from the circus in Spain that they were rescued from.

They had to make an epic 1300 mile journey from Alicante across the euro-star to the Isle of Wight.

They had to make an epic 1300 mile journey from Alicante across the euro-star to the Isle of Wight Credit: ITV Meridian

Charlotte Corney, Founder Wildheart Trust:

This zoo is run by the charity Wildheart that rescues circus and other abused animals from across Europe.

Animals like this are very expensive to keep and the charity needs the public's help.

Veronica Crisp, Chief Exec Wildheart Trust:

For the zoo, today is a day to celebrate 2 young lions rescued given a new life but there are still far too many big cats being used in circuses.

Kumba and Vigo are the lucky ones.