Messages of condolence are being received from all over the world - after a pet skunk which achieved global fame passed away.
Phoebe the skunk died last night at the Lincoln Reptile and Pet Centre in Newark road.
She had reached celebrity status, was featured on Radio One and had her own Facebook page with more than 500 followers.
But owners Wendy Dickinson and her daughter Alyss, who have run the centre for four years, revealed that Phoebe's poor health had caught up with her.
The four-year-old mammal - which achieved notoriety after it escaped and was recaptured after three days in 2011 - had to be put down by a local vet.
"She had been poorly on and off for years. She had a broken bone in her pelvis which blocked a tube to her bowel," said Alyss.
"Although we contacted vets and zoos all over the place, we knew she wouldn't have survived an operation."
Mrs Dickinson said: "Everybody knew Phoebe, she had Facebook friends all over the world.
"We're getting messages of sympathy and condolence - it's all very sad."