A 30ft bronze statue commemorating Nelson Mandela, has been unveiled in Pretoria - with a curious addition.
For nestling in the right ear of the former South African president is a tiny rabbit – placed there by the sculptors.
It was reportedly placed there as a trademark signature and to denote the haste with which the statue was constructed. Rabbit in Afrikaans is “haas”, which also means haste, the BBC points out.
Caught on the hop: A tiny bronze rabbit peeks out of the right ear of this Nelson Mandela statue
The country’s department of arts and culture are currently in discussions with the sculptors - Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren - on how to take it out without damaging the statue.
“We accept their apology and that their intentions were honourable,” said department spokesman Josias Pila in a statement published by Afrique en Ligne.
The statue was unveiled in Pretoria the day after Mandela's burial on 15 December