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Egyptian animal trainer Ashraf El-Helw puts on lion show from home

El-Helw featured a few tricks with a lion on his Instagram account

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 May 2020
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Egyptian lion tamer Ashraf El-Helw might have taken the idea of entertaining the audience from home to extremes.

In five short videos and a few photos posted on Instagram, El-Helw presents some circus tricks with a lion at his home.

The videos are accompanied with El-Helw’s note, “Stay in your homes to keep safe,” presenting his favourite lioness named Jomana, or Jojo.

In some tricks, El-Helw is accompanied by other circus artists, while the lion jumps from one stool to another in what seems to be the tamer’s living room.

Released during the week of Coptic Easter, the lion tamer explains that with the videos he aimed at entertaining the audience confined in their homes during the feast.

Ashraf El-Helw comes from a long line of circus owners and lion tamers.

One of El-Helw’s ancestors, Mohamed Ali El-Helw, founded the family’s first circus in 1889.

In the early 1950s, the family established another circus, which was later nationalised in the 1960s.

 

 

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