A bull that made its TV debut in the Shropshire countryside has been saved from the slaughterhouse by the creator of Only Fools and Horses.
Henry the bull - known to viewers as Rocky - has been starring alongside characters Boycie and Marlene in the new hit BBC1 sitcom The Green Green Grass.
But when Shropshire-based actor John Challis heard that Henry was to be sold at auction he quickly alerted the show's writer John Sullivan, who bought the animal.
The show's publicist Fiona Williams said: "If he had gone to the auction, at his age, he would certainly have been on the way to an abattoir."
Henry, who is a Hereford breed, and belonged to a local farmer, will be appearing in the show's Christmas special and will then live out his days at Only Foals and Horses, an animal sanctuary in Lancashire supported by Sullivan.