A woman from Glastonbury, Somerset has given her much loved gerbil a Viking-style river cremation after he passed away.
Emma Pickerill, 38, who said her family has "pagan leanings", decided Nibbles needed a Viking-style farewell, which involves placing his body in a wooden raft and set it on fire.
It was pushed down a stream as his mourning family watched from the bank.
Emma Pickerill's friend suggested the three-year-old pet deserved better than a simple burial.
Nibble died on Samhain, the Gaelic festival celebrating dead ancestors and the end of the harvest season.
His owners saw that as a sign.
The gerbil's makeshift boat was made of plywood and some logs Ms Pickerell and her son found at the riverside.
Nibbles was set sail in the River Brue, south of Glastonbury, which, according to legend, is the home of the Lady of the Lake from Authurian legend.
It is also said to be the final resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur.
Emma said she likes "momentous occasions to be as epic as possible."
She says her son, Ben Hurring, who Nibbles was bought for in 2014, said although it was a sad occasion, they were all "happy to give him such a good send off'.