Pictured: Mythical white stag found in the forests of Gloucestershire
White stags have long been associated with mythology and legend, an elusive yet magnificent beast.
King Arthur was left frustrated by his attempts to capture one, as were the Kings and Queens of Narnia, who chased the creature through the woods and found themselves tumbling out of a wardrobe.
But photographer Ken Grindle has managed to get a little bit closer, taking this picture of the animal in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
The White Stag was snapped by amateur photographer Ken Grindle near Lydney, Gloucestershire
The majestic wild animal - long associated with mystery and good luck - was filmed by the wildlife enthusiast.
Ken, 66, has been filming and photographing wildlife in the area for the past six years - but had never seen a white stag.
'I was very surprised to see it,' he said.
'I was camped in a shelter and was really fortunate. It just strolled right in front of me and calmly wandered around.
'He is a beautiful creature and it's really nice to be able to show people who perhaps can't make it into woodland what beautiful animals roam out there.
'I was lucky to be able to get some footage of it as well as the battery on my camera was running out.
'I wasn't sure I'd actually got it until I got home.
Butchered: This white stag was decapitated in 2007. Its existence was kept secret in a bid to deter poachers
'I take the pictures to share with everyone as a lot of people can't get out into the woods to see this.'
The Forest of Dean is thought to be home to an array of unusual and wild creatures including wild boar, big cats and white stags.
Retired builder Ken added: 'There's a lot of talk about big cats in the Forest and that really would be something to see.
'I managed to stand my ground when some wild boar came out into the path in front of me but it might be a bit different if I saw a big cat.'
Last year a white stag was spotted in the Scottish Highlands and was photographed by a member of a nature
charity while she was on an expedition on the west coast.
Fran Lockhart, of the John Muir Trust, a charity which protects wild land, said she was "thrilled" to spot the majestic beast, which is closely identified with the unicorn.
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