THREE tigers and two lions are spending the winter on a North-east farm.
The animals have spent the summer months touring with Peter Jolly’s Circus.
But the big cats are currently staying at The Circus High School at Cairnglass, near St Combs, Fraserburgh, as performances have finished for the season.
And the landowner says “hundreds” of people have turned up to see them since they arrived.
The lions named Assegai and Tsavo and tigers will stay at Cairnglass for 10 weeks until they go off on tour with the circus again.
They are owned by lion tamer Thomas Chipperfield, whose family have trained animals for more than 300 years.
Bobby Russell, who owns the land at The Circus High School, is also an animal trainer.
Mr Russell said that all the correct paperwork had been filled out.
But an animal concern officer has branded it “exploitation”.
John Robins, secretary of Animal Concern Advice Line, said: “I thought I’d gone back in time to the dark ages when I heard.
“I will be asking the local authority to check that the owner of this croft has all the necessary licences, permissions and insurance policies and to check on the welfare of the animals and safety of the public.”