A Cumbrian farmer’s son has taken his school’s offer of taking a pet to school to the extreme by bringing along a 16-month-old Charolais bull.

Seven-year-old Thomas Bell decided to take the bull to school for the day after being drawn as one of his class’ two “VIPs” for the day. Acting head teacher Chris Thompson told the Cumberland News that as one of his class’ VIPs, Thomas was allowed to bring his most precious possession to school and this was it.

“I don’t know how anybody is going to beat this unless they have an elephant.” he said.

The bull, Hallbankgate Dragon, is from Thomas’ parents’ pedigree herd of Charolais run on their farm at Brampton, Carlisle, and is due to be sold at Borderway Mart next Friday.

Due to his size, Dragon was unable to get into the school, so pupils were taken out onto the village green to see him.