Photo essay: Creature comforts as Leeds pet shop returns

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A little over a year ago Matthew Pedder was evacuating his pet shop of reptiles after the Boxing Day floods hit Kirkstall.

Now the Tyrannosaurus Pets owner – and his range of exotic animals – has moved back into his old premises on Kirkstall Road after a stint in Headingley and is looking to the future.

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

He said: “It is just a matter of keeping on top of things and advertising on Facebook and other social media to get it out there that we and the rest of Kirkstall are back and we’re trading.”

He said repairing the flood damage and moving back had been a long and arduous process.

“It was a nightmare. But the council were very helpful, as well as the volunteers, and our friends and customers were absolutely wonderful.”