A Moray man encountered a grizzly surprise when he went for a walk along the beach front earlier this week.
Masson McPherson was walking his dog when he stumbled on a giant teddy bear which had been left lying on the shore front at Burghead.
Mr McPherson, from the town, said: “It’s a shame when it’s in good condition. I first thought it was a seal and then realised that it was a stuffed bear. I put it on the stone near the picnic area hoping that someone would come and retrieve it but they didn’t.”
The unusually large teddy – about 5ft in height – is brown in colour and has no holes or disfigurement. Although it is rather sandy after its experience at the beach.
Mr McPherson, who is a keen Heart of Midlothian fan, intends on calling the bear Hearty after the club mascot.
He said that if no one comes to claim it then he will donate it to a children’s charity.
Mr McPherson suggested that it could even have floated across from Helmsdale on the other side of the Moray Firth.
Its owner has not been located but anyone who has any knowledge of who it belongs to is being asked to come forward and return this bear to its family.