All eyes should have been on the delicious array of cakes and pastries prepared by the finalists of the Great British Bake Off.
But winner Joanne Wheatley’s moment of glory had to play second fiddle to a squirrel.
The rodent, seen loitering in the grounds of the mansion where the BBC2 show was filmed, was the subject of a lingering camera shot.
And viewers could not help noticing its unmistakably masculine appearance.
Clips were posted on YouTube, while hundreds took to social networks and TV forums to discuss it.
One joked: ‘This evening’s Great British Bake Off contains full-frontal squirrel nudity which some viewers may find startling.’
Another said: ‘A squirrel is flashing everyone on the Great British Bake Off.’
Others were more disturbed by the image, complaining it was an unnecessary and unwelcome distraction on a show about baking. Since the programme was recorded some time ago, it could easily have been edited out.
“Its unmistakably masculine appearance.” This squirrel has really huge nuts, is what the Daily Mail is trying to tell you. XXX squirrel pic below the fold.
Heeeeey, squirrel, call me sometime.