Hidden rabbit in ear of Mandela statue causes controversy

A row has broken out in South Africa after a miniature bronze rabbit was found inside the ear of a large statue of Nelson Mandela.

The statue’s artists owned up to having placed the animal there, explaining the word rabbit in Afrikaans, ‘haas’, also means haste and that they had been on a tight deadline.

Suggestions that Mandela, who was known for his sense of humour, might have found the whole thing funny, were dismissed by the government who said the incident “wasn’t appropriate.”

The nine metre bronze sculpture of the former president was inaugurated at South Africa’s government buildings 11 days after Mandela’s death in December.

The sculptors have been ordered to remove the offending rabbit.
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