Rescued circus lions Vigo and Kumba arrive in Britain ahead of Brexit

Rescued circus lions Vigo and Kumba arrive in Britain after zoo desperately crowdfunded to raise £20,000 to rush them out of Spain amid fears Brexit customs changes could leave them stranded at a temporary rescue centre Isle of Wight Zoo rushed to bring lions Vigo and Kumba to the UK ahead of Brexit Port entry and customs changes after March 29 may have complicated transport Delays would have seen the lions spend longer at a temporary centre in Alicante Broadcaster Chris Packham was among those who helped to fundraise £20,000

By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline

Published: 14:25 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 14:25 GMT, 1 March 2019

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A pair of rescued circus lions have arrived in the UK from Spain today amid fears that changes to customs post-Brexit could prevent them entering the country.

Worried bosses at Isle of Wight Zoo said there was 'no way of knowing' when lions Vigo and Kumba might arrive after Britain leaves the European Union.

Port of entry and customs changes after March 29 may complicate transporting big cats and cause lengthy delays, the zoo claimed.

Rescued circus lions Vigo and Kumba arrive at their new home of the Isle of Wight Zoo

Rescued circus lions Vigo and Kumba arrive at their new home of the Isle of Wight Zoo

Brexit delays would have also mean five-year-old brothers Vigo and Kumba would have been forced to spend longer at a temporary rescue centre in Alicante.

Fearing the worst, Isle of Wight Zoo scrambled to raise £20,000 to cover the urgent transport costs so they could bring the lions to the UK.

Naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham was among those who called for people to donate to the fund to help rush them into the country.

Now the lions have arrived at their new permanent home following a 36-hour journey in which they travelled 1,300 miles by road, ferry and the Eurotunnel.

The Zoo scrambled to raise £20,000 to cover the costs so they could bring the lions to the UK

The Zoo scrambled to raise £20,000 to cover the costs so they could bring the lions to the UK

Vigo and Kumba, who weigh 200kg each, have spent their lives so far in small

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