Does this teddy bear-shaped potato remind you of a popular Hollywood blockbuster? It certainly did for one 14-year-old Shropshire boy after he recently saw Ted at the cinema.
Teenager Henry Stanhope, of Ryton, near Dorrington, recognised the striking resemblance between the potato and the lead character in this year’s American comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis while helping out on his grandfather’s county farm on Thursday.
While grading potatoes and pulling unwanted debris from the hopper at Ryton Farm, owned by 70-year-old John Cartwright, Henry came across the odd vegetable which clearly possesses two arms, a face, mouth and nose.
Henry’s mother, Kait Stanhope, who works in the office at the family potato and onion farm, said: “Henry often helps out at the farm – especially during the school holidays – by sorting potatoes and generally helping to keep the area tidy.
“He was pulling out the things which can’t be sold from the hopper when this particular potato came onto the belt.
“He kept it on him and then showed me when he got back later and it’s incredible.
“The first thing he said is that it looked like Ted – which he saw recently with his friends at the cinema.”
She added: “We used to find very odd-shaped carrots come up when we did them years ago but nothing like this.
“I haven’t got the heart to cut ‘Ted’ up now and have him for supper so he is currently taking pride of place in our farm office.”