A couple flew their pets 8,000 miles from China because they missed them so much.
Expats Scott Turner-Griffiths, 35, and husband Joshua, 29, paid £12,000 to be reunited with their two dogs and two cats.
After eight years in Beijing they flew home in December to have their son Ralph by a surrogate.
But when coronavirus struck their pet-care system broke down and they had to give up the animals or bring them home.
It took a journey of nine days via five countries but Scott, a buying director from Portsmouth, said: “It was worth the hassle. We are just so pleased our family is reunited again.”
“We’ve taken a massive hit in our savings but there’s no amount we wouldn’t pay to have our family back.
“Every day there would be cancellations and new changes, we kept going back and forth and it was becoming more and more difficult.
“It was such a nightmare to get them home, we even tried to get flight volunteers by offering to pay for people’s tickets but Chinese restrictions meant people were scared to leave the country in case they couldn’t get back in.
“When they got back for the first two days they were really out of it, I don’t think they really slept over the whole journey.
“But now they are doing really well and they are coming back to life.”
“Our pet travel agent came up with this final plan – however this must have been the ninth different plan as every time we tried something we would get knocked back.
“We are so excited to have them back and Ralph loves them all.”