Locals are having a wild time with a new visitor that regularly pops into their pub – a lost FERRET.
Drinkers did a double take when the snowy white animal first strolled through the door “like he owned the place”.
The cheeky mammal scurried off but has since regularly appeared in the bar of the Moonrakers pub in Swindon., Wilts.
It has now been befriended by bemused locals who are trying to track down the owner.
Pub landlady Paula Vernon said: “He’s definitely been in before, he seems to be getting quite used to the pub.
“We have tried to catch him before and put him in a box with some food while we tried to find his owners, but he always slips away.”
Local Dean Bennett, 24, said: “I had come down to meet a friend, I wasn’t drinking as I was driving, when all of sudden, someone pointed behind me and I saw this ferret just walking in through the open doors.
“I was shocked. He strolled in like he owned the place.
“It was very casual, relaxed, almost strolling in, he definitely looked like he had been in there before. It was the last thing I expected to see in there.”
Dean, from Swindon, wasn’t sure at first how to tackle the unusual visitor but soon found he was a softie.
He added: “My friend was like, catch it, but I was scared he might bite me.
“He then darted behind and tried to go round to the toilets. I grabbed him then and saw he was very friendly and looked very well looked after and fat.
“It is a very unusual thing to have happened.”
The ferret has now found a safe temporary home with Dean and his female ferret Nessie as they track down the owners.