It sounds like the punchline to a joke but meet Jeffrey – the pet camel who loves to down pints of lager.
The 11ft-tall bactrian’s favourite tipples are bottles of Budweiser and Coors shipped in to his home in Sutton-on-the-Forest, north Yorkshire from his local gastropub.
Jeffrey, who requires a wild animal licence is believed to be Britain’s only pet camel, with others in the UK kept as part of commercial or tourist ventures.
‘Tom [our son] happened to mention in passing that he liked camels and I managed to track one down,’ said vet Mrs Grant, who cares for Jeffrey at her £2million home.
‘I read that camels like beer so I thought I’d see if Jeffrey did and he loves it. The landlord of the local pub brings the beer up here for Jeffrey.’
Mrs Grant’s husband Simon, a former jockey and racehorse trainer, has since schooled the camel so he lies down and stands up on demand and can be ridden around their 50-acre property.
Jeffrey also responds to having his name called.
As a treat Jeffrey, who cost £3,000 and was four-years-old when he arrived at the farm, is allowed to enjoy a pint or two of beer from the local pub The Rose and Crown, which is added to Jeffrey’s feed.
‘He was much smaller when we got him and his humps were floppy,’ said Mrs Grant.
‘Now they are high and firm, which mean he’s in great health.’