Donations flood in to help zoo rescue three circus bears

Nearly £10,000 has been raised in a single week as donations flood in for the Five Sisters Zoo Circus Bear Appeal fund.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 1st September 2011, 4:17 pm

The West Lothian Zoo says it has been amazed by the response to its fundraising appeal to rescue three homeless circus bears from languishing in a holding centre in Belgium.

Suzy, Carmen and Peggy spent much of their life living in cramped cages measuring just 10m squared.

The zoo needs help to raise £80,000 to transport and rehouse the bears from Belgium to their facilities, where a specially-built wooden enclosure is being planned.

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Since the announcement, volunteers, local businesses and national firms have all come forward, eager to help.

Brian Curran, co-owner of the not-for-profit zoo, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted.

“Cheques and offers of help are flooding in and each one takes us nearer to the target and means we can get the bears here by Christmas, hopefully.”