Animal lovers are being urged to give money to help 20 circus animals facing starvation in Guangzhou after their troupe leader was killed in a car crash. The animals - including lions, tigers, horses, and monkeys - have been dumped in cages for a week while some of the circus members recover from the accident in hospital, holding up the trip. Guangzhou Zoo has promised help, but says it cannot afford to feed all the animals. Some Guangzhou newspapers are launching a campaign to raise money for the circus and a municipal government spokesman said donations from Hong Kong would be welcome. The 30-member Oriental Great Circus, of Anhui province, was on its way to Hunan province after performances at the Shenzhen Safari Park last Saturday. Their trucks were outside the Tianhe Sports Centre in Guangzhou at about 4 am when one driver lost control and hit a road barrier, killing the circus leader and two other members. Seven others were injured and were still in hospital last night. The animals were not injured but experts from the Guangzhou Zoo had to be called in to sedate them before they were removed from the scene. A zoo spokesman said: 'The animals are not being kept in our place. But we shall send vets to take care of the animals to ensure they are all right.' She said they could not afford to feed the animals forever. They ate nearly 20 kilograms of food a day. The circus said they would soon run out of money. Guangzhou Dongshan District Transport Police are keeping the animals and troupe members for the meantime, pending investigation. Those who wish to offer help may contact the Guangzhou Zoo on 001-86-20-87618077.