An animal man from Telford savoured his 15 minutes of fame, mixing with stars Jermain Defoe and Omid Djalili and even earning a tweet from Myleene Klass.
When Scott Adams was asked to appear on Alan Titchmarsh’s TV show he quickly decided to take an entourage along with him.
However it didn’t include a hairdresser, make-up artist or security guard as some stars take along, but two adorable baby meerkats and an extremely friendly armadillo.
Scott Adams, 30, who runs the Exotic Zoo in Telford, accepted that he would be upstaged by his animals, who proved a big hit with the female celebrities. He said fellow guest former Steps singer Claire Richards found them adorable as did Myleene Klass, whom he met in the green room.
Other guests included footballer Jermain Defoe and Iranian comic Omid Djalili.
Mr Adams said his meerkats were so popular Myleene even Tweeted about them saying: ‘Today I kissed a meerkat. (He instigated it)’
The two meerkats, who are brother and sister, are just 12 weeks old and came to Mr Adams in February from another zoo through their breeding programme. They are called Neema and Subra, which mean grace and patience in swahili.
He also took along his armadillo, called Dylan.
“I was at the ITV studios in London for about 10 hours and it was a very long, tiring day but it was a nice experience and good that the animals got to be there,” he said today.
“I was excited and a bit nervous but it was fine. Alan Titchmarsh was very nice and, because he is involved in nature and the environment, he was interested in the animals and what we do.”
Mr Scott was asked along to the show, screened yesterday, as it was focusing on the work of the Prince’s Trust, which helped him set up his zoo business, based in Donnington Wood.