If you’re a fan of the towering Mastiff, you’ll know that while they’re big, they’re also gigantic softies.
Even then, if you’re unfamiliar with the breed, you could be terrified by their looks, which is probably why neighbors were so ready to believe that this particular Mastiff had killed an unfortunate postman and was lazily chowing down on his severed arm.
Tatanka, an English Mastiff from Des Moines, Iowa, found himself in a position where he was photographed strolling around his yard with a very realistic-looking limb in his mouth.
Tatanka, on the other hand, is not a cold-blooded killer; he is simply playing with his favorite toy!
“He prances around with the arm in the yard, and the neighbors do give us quite the look until they realize it is a Halloween prop and not the real thing,” his owner, Debra Ann Ridge, adds.
Yes, you read that right: it’s simply a simple Halloween prop. It’s a very realistic-looking one, to be sure, but no genuine postmen were harmed in the production of it.
“I was getting ready for Halloween, and every year when I pull out the ‘infamous arm,’ my son gets so thrilled that he grabs it and runs off with it.”
“I purchased the arm on eBay.” It was approximately $7, and we’ve had seven or eight of those over the years. He does it every year, and I have to buy another.”
Despite the neighbors’ initial horror, it appears that many are now choosing to see the funny side, making various comments every time they see Tatanka playing.
“They crack jokes like, ‘I see he’s been digging in the backyard again,’ or, ‘Is that the mailman?'”
So there you have it: Tatanka is not the ruthless killer you may have assumed. Please continue delivering to his house, postmen!