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Animal ink: Keeper shows love for job with sleeve tattoo

Graeme Alexander looks after large mammals at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Graeme Alexander: Large mammal keeper is passionate about his job.
Graeme Alexander: Large mammal keeper is passionate about his job. PA

Safari park keeper Graeme Alexander has shown his affection for the animals he looks after by having their portraits tattooed on his arm.

The 27-year-old has five tattoos based on the animals at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling where he has worked as a large mammal keeper for six and a half years.

Among his tattoos are an elephant called Mondy, a giraffe named Ruby, Spot the zebra and rhino Graham.

He also has one based on the park's lions, although he has not worked with them, and will soon be adding one of a lion cub as a nod to his four-year-old son.

Graeme getting his lion tattoo.
Graeme getting his lion tattoo. PA

He says the animal tattoos, which he had done at Santa Cruz Kustom Club in Stirling, have more meaning than "just random pictures".

Tattoo artist Tamas Dikac created the lifelike images using photos of the animals.

Mr Alexander said: "I've always wanted a sleeve tattoo so I thought I'd get the animals that I work with as it has more meaning behind it rather than just random ones.

"I always wanted five animals and decided to get a lion as the last one, and I have a son so I'm getting a lion cub to go with the lion.

"I'm quite passionate about my job so it has more meaning than choosing random pictures."

Elephant Mondy and zebra Spot.
Elephant Mondy and zebra Spot. PA

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