A breeder has told of his astonishment after a Shetland pony was born measuring just 18in tall.
Little Denburn is small enough to fit in his owner's arms
Little Denburn Fairley is thought to be one of the smallest miniature Shetland ponies born in Scotland - and is certainly the tiniest his owner in Aberdeen has ever seen.
Denburn, named after Denburn farm where he was born, is eventually expected to grow to about to a full height of 29in.
David Reid, the pony's owner, is delighted with the new addition to his farm.
He said: "He is so well put together - he's sturdy, straight and correct. It's such a pleasure to breed something like that.
"He really is a tiny foal and to breed something that small and correct is very difficult."
He added: "Miniature Shetlands are beautiful animals to look at, and unusual because they are so small.
The pony will eventually grow as high as 29in
"Normal Shetlands are usually over 34in - these ones are all below 34in. They are just a joy to be with."
Mr Reid expects the foal to eventually be used as a breeding stallion.
Some miniature Shetlands have been used as a substitute "guide dog", helping poorly-sighted owners find their way.
The ponies are slightly bigger than dogs but still small enough to fit in the back of a car.
They have far longer working lives than a labrador as well as greater strength, independence and a better memory.