A German salamander has received an unexpected TV licence bill.
The amphibian's owner, Wener Kojat, has refused to pay his TV licence for years, because he does not own a TV set.
The fire salamander attracted the attention of the authorities when Mr Kojat, a 54-year-old painter, named his pet as the occupier of the adjoining apartment.
Speaking to the Bild newspaper, Mr Kojat said: "I've fought against the licence fee for years because I don't have a television or a radio, but now my fire salamander has to pay? That’s just absurd."
In Germany, unlike the UK, every household must be covered by a TV licence, irrespective of whether they receive TV programmes. Many Germans refuse to pay the licence fee on principle and some spend years fighting the authorities.
The German TV licensing authority has agreed to remove "Herr Hans Werner Feuer salamander" from its mailing list.