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.
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.”