Staff at a Yorkshire vets were astonished when an operation on a poorly St Bernard dog revealed the suspected 'cancerous mass' in her stomach was infact four teddy bears.
Maisy's owners, Jane and James Dickinson from Roberttown, near Dewsbury, feared the worst when the eight-year-old dog went under the knife at Paragon Veterinary Referrals, in Wakefield.
A CT scan had shown a mass on her spleen, along with an unusually full stomach. But when vet Nick Blackburn carried out an operation to remove the spleen, he made the surprising discovery of four more or less intact, if rather soggy, teddy bears in Maisy's stomach.
Mr Blackburn said staff at the surgery were "delighted" the operation was a success and that they were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinson.
An equally delighted Mr and Mrs Dickinson said the toys didn't even belong to Maisy - but had been pinched them from the couple's own - and a relative's chihuahuas!