Gavin Williamson has always professed to be a lover of animals.
He has even posted a photo with two dogs on Instagram to break his social media silence after he was sacked as Defence Secretary.
However, the pooches are not his. In December, he told us:
"Sadly, all the dogs I am pictured with are not mine."
Mr Williamson owns a cat and a tarantula, and defines himself as a "conservationist". He is patron of the World Owl Trust and member of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
Watch: Gavin Williamson told Forces News about his love of animals last year.
To reflect on his time in office, we have put together a collage of some of his more memorable animal snaps.
Since the beginning
November 2017 was Mr Williamson's first month as Defence Secretary.
He was chosen for the role on 2 November, and only 16 days later here he is, visiting the calves of Leafields Farm in Staffordshire.
A Christmas treat
Here he is taking a seasonal trip to visit a deer friend...
And even picked his present.
He may have been saddled with more responsibility since his appointment, but he made time for horses...
And to visit King Julien... and his twin!
Remember the 'Beast from the East'? The military refused to be kept down by it, while these sheep were not quite so convinced - brrr ... or... baa.
As Mr Williamson mentioned in his interview above, the British Army is working hard to prevent poaching in Malawi.
In May 2018, he announced that the troops would be deployed to two national parks in the African nation.
A great excuse to spend some time with the lovely elephants at the West Midland Safari Park...
It was Mr Williamson's cat who took centre-stage apparently... Making the most of every mewment.
Mr Williamson's cat apparently showed an "unhealthy interest" in the guinea pig he was babysitting for friends, but he assured us it "has been returned safely"...
But of course, we couldn't leave out Mr Williamson's beloved tarantula, Cronus.
As Mr Williamson said, "who doesn't love dogs?"
In his 12th month as Defence Secretary, Mr Williamson visited some very cute kids - he just can't goat enough of these animals!
Will he get a goat pet?
In one of the captions, Mr Williamson explains the thinking behind all the snaps with animals:
"My Special Advisors continue to insist that I post more pictures of me with animals to demonstrate my caring personality.
"(...) As a typical politician I really love #catsanddogs equally."
We leave you with a rabbit and a selection of puppies.