An animal charity is fighting to free Bulgaria’s last two remaining circus lions from their wretched lives in a tiny metal cage.
The Born Free Foundation has launched an appeal to rehome Jora and Black, both seven years old, to a sanctuary in Shamwari, South Africa.
At present, the two lions are kept in a metal cage outside their ex-circus trainer’s mountain lodge outside Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, without access to running water or shade. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. An animal charity launched an appeal on Saturday, July 4, to free Bulgaria’s last two circus lions from their lives in a small metal cage.
The two male lions have most likely been taken in by a circus when they were young cubs.
They were caged last year after the government banned the use of wild animals in circuses, forcing the owners to put an end to their lion performances.
The Born Free Foundation is now working with the lions’ owners to arrange the transfer of Jora and Black to Africa.
2. The lions, called Jora and Black, don’t have any access to water and the metal cage gets incredibly hot when the sun comes out, with temperatures hitting the high 80s and more.
Born Free’s co-founder and trustee Virginia McKenna said she was concerned about the cramped conditions in which the two big cats were living. She said:
It is hard to exaggerate how the heat of the summer will affect these magnificent animals in their cramped quarters but, on the positive side, we are very pleased that their owners have agreed to Born Free rehoming them in one of our sanctuaries.
We do hope that, with public support, this will become a reality. They certainly deserve, at last, to walk on grass and rest in the shade of trees.
3. Black, named after the distinguishing color of his mane, has less than ten feet of space to roam around in.
Born Free’s senior veterinary consultant Dr. John Knight added:
Although they appear to be in good health, the conditions in which they live are totally inappropriate.
Jora is lame and once he is in our care we will be able to give him the required examinations and treatments.
4. A charity launches a mission to free circus lions from a cage.
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