A couple have turned their pub’s beer garden into a mini zoo, complete with monkeys, parrots, racoons and a pig with arthritis.
Andy and Kelly Cowell took over the 17th century Fenn Bell Inn last December when they saved it from closure.
They previously ran a farm with around 200 animals and transferred many of them to the pub in St Mary Hoo, Kent.
They have now opened the first zoo in the area with a collection of animals including marmosets, squirrel monkeys, a coati and a south American raccoon.
Others include kunekune pigs, great grey owls, geese, chickens and they are hoping to move some macaws in soon.
The couple, who have two children, hope to have their zoo licence by next spring.
Andy, 46, said: “It’s going really well.
“The brewery has have been very supportive and Medway Council are being very supportive in helping us achieve our goal to become Medway’s first zoo.
“We’re hoping to really have everything up and running by spring next year.
“We want to run Saturday workshops for children and finish the railway which will go all around the zoo and back to the station.”
Andy, who has two children Sydnee, 12, and Jordan, 20, made all the cages for the animals himself.
Soldiers from the locally-based Royal Engineers helped cut down trees to clear another field for the animals.