A BUSINESS owner who specialises in hiring out creepy-crawlies has been mixing with the stars.
Carrie Alcock, owner of Rent a Beast, recently travelled to London with her collection of 'mini-beasts' to work on a project for St Paul's Way Trust School in the East End alongside famous TV physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE.
She explained: "We have had the most amazing weekend; we have done work for St Paul's Way Trust School before and they loved all the different mini-beasts we have from Giant African snails to Tiny the Goliath bird eating tarantula.
"The school asked us back to bring biology to life during their third Science Summer School held over two days.
"It's all part of an initiative to encourage teenagers to study science and become our future leading scientists, which is backed and hosted by a wide range of influential and inspiring people.
"We worked alongside some amazing people such as Professor Brian Cox OBE, Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE, Vince Cable and Lord Andrew Mawson just to name a few.
"We gave talks on adaptation, anatomy of invertebrates and evolution with the help of our fantastic mini beasts; they were definitely the stars."
Rent a Beast has come very far in the past 18 months since starting up and more exciting times are ahead as Carrie and her team are attending the National Pet Show at Birmingham NEC on September 20 and 21 and having their own Bug Barn at Alton Tower's Scarefest in October.
Carrie added: "Rent a Beast is always passionate about bringing learning to life.
"We continually develop new ways of inspiring the next generation through educational talks, renting out living ecosystems for classrooms, after school bug clubs, and of course our fabulous mini-beast parties for your little mini-beasts."
From September 11 the new Mini Bugs Children's Club for two to four year-olds will take place every Thursday from 9.30am until 11am at Cheadle Children's Centre, The Avenue, Cheadle.
Booking is essential due to limited places.
For more information check out the webpage www.rentabeast.org and Facebook at www.facebook.com/rentabeast.org