A concerned citizen called her local animal rescue to identify the perplexing pastry.

By Jelisa Castrodale
April 15, 2021

When a well-meaning woman in Krakow, Poland looked out her window and saw a strange creature sitting on a tree limb—the same strange creature that had been sitting there for the past two days—she decided that it was probably in everyone's best interests if she called the authorities.

The as-yet-unidentified good neighbor called the Krakow Society for the Protection of Animals (KTOZ), and reported it. "People don't open their windows because they're afraid it's going to enter their house," she said, according to a post on the KTOZ Facebook page. "He's been sitting here for two days, and everyone is scared of him!"

Croissant on wooden background
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The KTOZ worker—who identified himself as Inspector Adam—said that the woman was sure it wasn't a bird, but that it could possibly be an iguana. "I still have a suspicion that maybe it's a late April Fool's joke after all," he wrote. "However years of inspection have taught me that there are people willing to get rid of any animal that causes some trouble. We had an old Yorkie thrown into the yard, a seriously ill cat left in a closed transporter in a dumpster carport in winter, rats and hamsters with a cage thrown in the garbage, even fish in a street bucket. Maybe someone threw out an iguana."

The inspectors paid a visit to the woman's street, although the directions that she gave them—"it's halfway down the block on what blooms in May"—sounded like some kind of ancient riddle. They eventually spot it sitting quietly on a lilac branch. "We are looking more closely [and] the poor guy has no legs or head," Inspector Adam wrote. "We already know that we can't help the creature, because it's hard to help something that was previously baked, not in the sunlight." 

That mysterious thing that the woman and her neighbors were so freaked out about was... um, a croissant. A regular, non-haunted, non-venomous croissant. The inspector guessed that someone probably tossed it out for the birds and it got stuck on the tree branch. 

Although the story had a gloriously silly ending (and didn't actually involve any kind of animal or iguana in danger) KTOZ is still glad that the woman reached out to them. "It's always worth reporting if something concerns you," the inspector wrote. "It's better to check and be pleasantly disappointed, sometimes—unfortunately very rarely—laugh, than not react, which can sometimes lead to a tragedy." 

Also, maybe someone can give her neighbors a bird feeder. They can still feed the birds, and it's less likely to scare the heck out of the entire street.