THERE'S a big difference between horses and lions.

Growing up, Lennon Bros Circus animal handler Rod Levy had always been around horses and other farm animals, but working at the circus is a dream come true.

"I never would have thought I'd be involved in working with animals like this," he said.

"I'm privileged to be able to work with the animals. There's not many people who get to have that privilege."

Mr Levy has been with the circus for 10 years, and said it's an honour to be with the oldest touring circus in Australia.

"I'm actually married to Melanie Lennon, who's a fifth generation of Lennon. I married into the family," he said. "I love it. It's my main job to look after all the animals, and it's a full time job.

Animal Trainer with Lennos Bros circus Rod Levy with his three camels who perform in the show.
Animal Trainer with Lennos Bros circus Rod Levy with his three camels who perform in the show. Adam Hourigan

"I'm up at every day at 6 o'clock letting the lions and the animals out, feeding them and shovelling their poo, it's pretty full on but I love it."

The rules of showbusiness might state to never work with animals or children, and Mr Levy said there can be some challenges once the curtains go up.

"Sometimes the camels will play up and get in their silly moods, but you just go with it," he said.

"They're animals so you've just got to bear with it and go along with it.

"You've always got to be quick on your feet, and when you've got a couple of hundred kilo animal in front of you, you've got to be on the ball."

Lennon Bros Circus is at Grafton Showground until Sunday. Shows Wed-Fri 7pm; Sat 4pm and 7pm; Sun 11am. www.lennonbroscircus.com.au



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