A horse which has grown a curly, golden moustache is refusing to let grooms shave it off.
by Ian Johnston Photo: Eyecatch Pictures
Alfie, a 10-year-old Shire-cross, is said to flee if he thinks he is in danger of getting even a trim.
The horse also refuses to let staff at the stables in Bitton, Gloucestershire, into his stall there for fear that they will remove his whiskers.
The moustache may look somewhat incongruous given its fair colour compared to his black and white colouring and well-meaning staff thought he would rather be without it.
However Alfie clearly enjoys the look and groom Justine Greenslade said all efforts to clip it had been in vain.
"He's obviously rather proud of his facial hair," she said.
"He runs a mile if he thinks we're going to trim it."